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#487 The Joy of Less: The Anticipation Trap

Jun 7, 2024

#487 The Joy of Less: The Anticipation Trap

The Joy of Less: The Anticipation Trap

Expectations are a double-edged sword. While they can motivate us to achieve our goals, they can also lead to disappointment and dissatisfaction if they are not met. Often, when our expectations are met, we merely feel like we’ve broken even, rather than exceeded anything. This is due to our tendency to adapt to new levels of pleasure or success, and the constant comparison we make to others.

However, by understanding the nature of expectations, setting realistic goals,and embracing a “good enough” mindset, we can free ourselves from the trap of constantly chasing after the next thing and find more contentment in the present moment. By managing expectations and focusing on the journey, not just the destination, we open ourselves up to the possibility of exceeding our own expectations and those of others, leading to even greater rewards and satisfaction.

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