Lower your expectations |

When we think of setting low expectations, we think of things that are way out of our reach. But setting realistic expectations is equally important as setting high ones. When we set high expectations, we are setting ourselves up for unfulfilled dreams, disappointment, and failure. But when we set low expectations, we are setting ourselves up for success, fulfillment, and happiness.

When you’re trying to eat healthy, it’s always tempting to do a ton of research, read tons of diet books and try every new product and fad out there. But, to be honest, you don’t need to do this. If you’ve made it this far in your #fitlife, you’re not going to be a fad or a dieting failure. You’re going to be a person who eats healthy, is active and feels great.

Lower your expectations. I know this sounds like a bit of a paradox. After all, we’re all taught to expect the best from life, and in many ways that’s right—we should expect the best. But there are times when lower expectations can help us achieve success and happiness.

I performed a mass-building exercise from Arnold’s Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding when I was 14 years old.

By the end of the month, I expected the exercise to have transformed me into Arnold.

It didn’t live up to the hype. It did, however, make me larger and stronger.

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My parents brought me to Disney World when I was seven years old. It was supposed to be the pinnacle of my existence.

It didn’t live up to the hype. However, it provided me with some wonderful moments with my family.


I began helping at an organic farm in 2008. It was supposed to turn me into a master organic farmer.

It didn’t live up to the hype. However, it did assist me in learning more about which veggies thrive in Colorado.


I began using chia seeds in Super Shakes in 2010. They were supposed to change the way I ate.

They didn’t live up to the hype. They did, however, turn out to be an excellent source of protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids.


You’d think by now I’d have learnt my lesson. I’m going to have to reduce my expectations.

Please don’t get me wrong. Exercise, travel, volunteering, and nutrition are all strong things in my opinion. They may boost your energy, health, and mood, among other things. Are they, however, ever “too good to be true?” Will they be able to correct all of our problems?

How many times have we been let down by our unreasonably high expectations?

Diet plans, superfoods, supplements, books, training regimens, workouts, and a fit physique all have high expectations.

We keep expecting these things to be miracles that would transform our lives. This is never the case.

I need to remind myself of the following:

  • Arnold’s bodybuilding routine consists of a sequence of workouts designed to stress muscles and stimulate development.
  • Chia seeds are simply a meal with a high concentration of nutrients.
  • An organic farm is just a location where organic food is grown.
  • A vacation to Disney World is just a trip to Florida that includes exciting attractions and a comfortable hotel.

Instead of always looking for the next miracle or being dissatisfied when your experiences don’t live up to your expectations, consider reducing your expectations and seeing things for what they are. You’ll be more happier, and you’ll be much more proud of little achievements.

If you want to achieve greatness, go for it, but keep it genuine and enjoy the ride.

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Una is a food website blogger motivated by her love of cooking and her passion for exploring the connection between food and culture. With an enthusiasm for creating recipes that are simple, seasonal, and international, she has been able to connect with people around the world through her website. Una's recipes are inspired by her travels across Mexico, Portugal, India, Thailand, Australia and China. In each of these countries she has experienced local dishes while learning about the culture as well as gaining insight into how food can be used as a bridge between different cultures. Her recipes are often creative combinations of traditional ingredients from various different cuisines blended together to create something new.