Expectations of Outcome
It is far easier to embrace an experience of your design when you are indifferent about the outcome whether positive or negative. If you perceive the outcome less than satisfactory to your expectations, then you will often attach anxiety or suffering to the outcome. If you perceive the outcome as more than satisfactory to your expectations, this sets up a template for future expectations. If you are indifferent about the outcome, then you will not attach to either the glory of a positive outcome or misery of a negative one and thus every experience of your design becomes perfect regardless of the path or direction it takes. That may be somewhat difficult to do if you’ve studied a year for a big exam, worked hard for a promotion, or anticipated expeditious healing from a injury or disease. But if we consider why our expectations often taint the quality of outcome of our experiences, we find that all experiences change profoundly.