If you have high expectations, you run the risk of disappointment.
This can lead to demotivation, unenthusiastic behavior and questioning the whole thing; what's the point of this if it isn't going to be what I want it to be...
We have these expectations of ourselves, those around us, the work we do, what we own, of life.
Where did we get them from?
Why do we think they will make us happy?
In painting, all that is required is to paint the masses of colour you see in front of you in the arrangement you see. The errors come from when you paint what is not there, what you think is there - your assumptions about what you are looking at interfere with what it actually looks like, what it actually is!
If instead we had low expectations, no assumptions, no strict boundaries - we could enjoy the ride that much more, evaluate the thing for what it is instead of what it is not...
This is assuming you put your all in it. If the only judgement is the quality, the integrity, the wholeness.
Low expectations do not mean laziness.
They mean you cannot rely on your expectations and assumptions - meaning you have to be hyper alert, hyper observational, the opposite of lazy.
You replace the output motivation, the vivid idea of something unobtainable that will just lead to malcontent, with input motivation, the material of what is in front of you and how you can best use it.
The impetus for happiness doesn't come from aiming and shooting, but from fueling and soaring.
When we have low expectations and high observation we are happier, more motivated and more likely to do what is meaningful as a result.