Sincerity (Ikhlas), hard work and perseverance are the keys to success. Instead of lowering your standards, increase your (tawakkal) reliance on Allah. Believe with conviction that He will surely put barakah in work done purely for His sake. And if at any point you feel the need to modify your goals then realise that the problem lies with your recognition of your Rubb’s supremacy and power, not in your plan. So instead of having a change of plan, try having a change of heart.