Standards and Expectations

Lower your expectations

It’s been said a million times to keep your standards high. Yet we are told to lower our expectations. Take a look for yourself…

Standards, noun:

a rule or principle that is used as a basis for judgment: They tried to establish standards for a new philosophical approach.

an average or normal requirement, quality, quantity, level, grade, etc.: His work this week hasn’t been up to his usual standard.

Expectations, noun:

the act or state of looking forward or anticipating. An expectant mental attitude:

Something expected; a thing looked forward to. Often expectations. a prospect of future good or profit: to have great expectations.

Why lower anything?

There has to be a compromise in life. This goes from buying a house, car, or your job and your relationships. Why is it that we are told to keep high standards and then reduce our expectations in general? 

I watch this particular yogi give speeches and quotes on being in the moment and not expecting too much. 

However, for me, the word expecting and hoping somehow intermingle. I hope to get this particular account. I am expecting them to reach out to me and receive a positive answer. I hope I get the business. 

I cannot lower my expectations on this. I want it and I want them to get back to me with a positive answer. 

So where does it end? I won’t lower my expectations because eventually when I get the account their expectations and standards will be high. They will expect my standards to meet theirs and they will want, hope, and expect that I deliver. 

In the end, we must…

Lower our expectations on certain things. Lower our expectation that people have the same expectations as you. This is the crux of it all to me. I expect so much of others in my personal life. 







Right there I may have lost some people because some people are incapable of it all. So in the end must I give in to my expectations? No, but I can modify the level of all of the above. I assume I cannot expect my standards to be equaled by others. I must only take 50% of the above and still have a modified percentage of the standard and expectations. 


Published by Zsolt Zsemba

Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, and businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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