Such a loaded word, right? How many times have you told yourself to lower your expectations? How sad/mad/frustrated have you felt because you didn’t meet your expectations?
I’m not saying expectations are always a bad thing, but I do strongly believe they should be held in check. As Tiffany mentioned in her TGIM last week, if you are struggling to start a new exercise program, set yourself up for success by having a realistic expectation. Instead of saying you will run 10 miles on day one, how about starting with 1 mile or even just 10 minutes of something? Appreciate the fact that you made that first step. You started somewhere! Try to keep your expectations realistic, so you feel excited and happy when you meet them, and not sad/mad/frustrated.
Setting realistic expectations will also help you appreciate everything. There is beauty to be found in even the littlest detail of life, and even the smallest of goals should be appreciated. Seriously — think small. You did a workout for 10 minutes, you managed to leave the office for lunch today, you did a whole load of laundry! Change the conversation to be grateful for what you did accomplish, not what you didn’t cross off your list. Appreciate the ups and the downs along the path that you are walking, the last minute cancellations or the surprise kindness of a stranger. You may end up where you didn’t expect to go – isn’t that exciting?
So today let’s expect nothing, and appreciate everything.