lower one's sights

lower one's sights (to accept something that is not as good as what you originally were hoping for) — снизить уровень притязаний; понизить планку (требований); согласиться на меньшее (чем хотелось бы)

Example 1: With so few jobs around you'll have to lower your sights.— При такой нехватке рабочих мест тебе придется снизить планку своих требований.

Example 2: She had to lower her sights and accept a less well-paid job than what she had hoped for.

Example 3: Other workers have had to lower their sights, settling for survival jobs at much lower pay. They, too, remain doubtful that a rising economy will lift them off the rocks. (Associated Press)

[raise one's sights]