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Raise Your Standards

June 17, 2019

Raise Your Standards

The only thing that changes our life long term is when we raise our standards. We all get what we tolerate in ourselves and in other people. When your no longer willing to tolerate something, that is the moment your life changes.  Everyone has a list of things they "should do". The moment things begin to shift is when your should's become musts!


Sometimes it’s too easy to push our goals off another day, week or month due to life circumstances or laziness, and then a year or years fly by and we've not made any progress. We make excuses or rationalize reasons we're not making progress on our goals.  If this sounds like your challenge, it may be time to raise your standards!

When you raise your standards and turn “should” into “must,” you are making an inner shift to take control over the quality of your life. Any area you are not getting what you want is because you haven’t raised your standards.

What happens when you decide something is an absolute “must?” What happens when you cut off any other possibility than you succeeding — when you decide that you are either going to find a way to make something happen or you’ll create the way yourself?

When you make a shift in your thinking where what you ‘should’ do becomes what you ‘must’ do. At that point there is no choice, you find a way to get it done no matter the circumstances because you will not accept anything less from yourself.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a quick and easy way to change your standards: this is an internal shift and it can’t be faked. You may try to fake it for a while, but you won’t create lasting change, and eventually you’ll revert back to what your core beliefs really are.

The thing is, most people at some point in life accept who they are and say ‘this is just the way it is, this is who I am’ and accept something far less than their full potential for their life. Don’t let this be you! Write down who you want to be, the type of person you aspire to be. Build that person each day, with dedication and an unwillingness to compromise.

That’s how you raise your standards and elevate your life. The pain of regret is always far worse than the pain of discipline.

Are you settling for a mediocre life? Are you letting your standards slip? The standards you allow in your life are what guide the direction your life will head. Tolerate low standards and you will live a mediocre life. Hold yourself and others to high standards, and you will get amazing results.

Try raising the bar just a little bit. Always expect the best from yourself.
Don't beat yourself up if you do not always hit 100% but increase your
standards and always strive for more. Challenge yourself, step out of your comfort zone, set goals, hustle and make your dreams a reality!

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