Lowering the standard.
I have learned not to expect anything at any time, the less you hope to achieve, the less disappointed you will be; this year I lowered the bar on my hopes so low that I'd need to be a flatworm to get below the bar.
2018 was a year of shit for me, so my only hope is that 2019 is not as bad as this year has been. Don't hold your breath as I gave up on waiting for a change in my downward spiral that brought me to the point where I have given up writing after a 55-year race to catch the elusive butterfly of hope to get recognized as a writer - Grace is not better than Sin - www.alsdominion.co.uk/the-reading-room/is-grace-greater-than-sin?
As I didn't expect anything, the sales I've seen this month have been a pleasant surprise for me, and have given me hope for better days ahead, at least for this month.