Low expectations are one of the most subtle yet devastatingly effective forms of sabotage we can do to others and ourselves. Low expectations often masquerade as kindness yet they are the cruelest cuts because they deny an individual or an organization its opportunity for greatness.
By passing low expectations off as being nice or kind under the guise of going easy on someone, low expectations perpetuate another insidious myth: That discipline is mean. Discipline is simply a mental tool, a form of training that lets you develop the skills and abilities to make your life better. Like any tool, discipline can and has been misused at times but in general discipline is an incredibly valuable, frequently overlooked tool to create extraordinary value in your life.
Low expectations often involve mental laziness on both sides of the equation. Holding someone (or yourself) accountable is a LOT of hard work. It is much easier to just slide by. Easier that is until the time of testing comes and those who are not prepared diligently fail miserably.
“High expectations are the key to everything.” — Sam Walton, Walmart founder
“High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.” — Charles Kettering, inventor of the electric starter; 1876-1958
“To expect defeat is nine-tenths of defeat itself.” — Henry Louis Mencken; 1880-1956
“Nobody succeeds beyond his or her wildest expectations unless he or she begins with some wild expectations.” — Ralph Charell