You ever hear people say, “keep your expectations low and you’ll never be disappointed”. I’ve always thought that was a pretty simplistic worldview. One that if abused, would lead to an average existence. I’ve also heard people say, “keep your expectations high”, “keep pushing”, “never give up”, “your dreams will fail if you let them”, “sleep is for losers” and my personal favorite, “winners win and losers lose”. On most days, I totally buy into this thought pattern. However this mindset, when used cavalierly, can be detrimental as well. The trick is timing and perspective. Unfortunately, I learned this lesson the hard way.
Some have said, “keep your expectations low and you’ll never be disappointed”. I think that’s poor advice somebody read on a t-shirt. As a leader, you must set expectations and yes, they may need to be set high. It’s a critical part of influencing teams to high levels of performance and accomplishing tough goals. You can set high expectations, as long as you do it properly.