Friday, January 5, 2007
Raise The Bars!
Let me start this by asking you a question. Have people ever complained that your standards are too high – to the point where they feel they can’t measure up? Or have you ever been accused of just being too average?
In your quest to have a better 2007, I want to challenge you to raise the bars! Raise your personal standards. Be dissatisfied with the status quo. Don’t accept anything less than the best. Average is not good enough for you. The first step to raising the bars on yourself will be to make a commitment to do so.
One of the greatest injustices you will do to yourself is comparing your standards with those of others – especially those you think you are better than. I have heard many people pride themselves about being better than others. What consolation will it be to you that you ate a better-than-average diet when you’re diagnosed with cancer? Will you be comforted by the fact that you had a better job than your friends after pouring years of your life into unfulfilling work? Is it OK that your marriage is a dud because most of your peers are divorced?
Comparing yourself to other people is a waste of time. It’s only going to get you stuck in mediocrity. If you compare yourself to those who are much worse off than you, you’ll look like a king. The standards of other people are totally irrelevant. What matters is that you listen to your own intelligence, set your own standards, and do the best you are capable of doing. The only question that matters for setting your standards is this: Are you doing your best? If the answer is yes, you’ve got nothing to be ashamed of, regardless of how your results stack up against other people. If the answer is no, then you’ve got to raise the bars. Your standards can still be better!
Raising the bar on yourself requires that you start noticing things that were previously below your level of awareness. You need to be aware of what to change. Change is the only constant thing in life. To be better than you are now, some things will have to change in you and around you. You might need to change your habits. Raise the bar on your habits. You might need to change your relationships. You might need to your thought pattern. Things need to change around you.
Hold yourself to high standards. Nothings less than the best is good enough for you.
Stay on top!