How To Raise Your Standard For Greater Success

personal development Mar 17, 2021

Have you ever thought about the effect your standards have been making on your health, relationship, personal and professional life? Raising your standard will radically change your life for good and blow the cap off your capacity. As Henry Ford puts it, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” So for you to have what you have never had, you must do the things you have never done. Simply put, you have to raise your standard! Here’s how to raise your standard for greater success. 


Consider the cost of complacency

Winning can make you a slacker. An “I have arrived” attitude can deposit you in a place of complacency, causing you to slack off on your training, your diet, your work-out, and your investment in your continual growth. Therefore, in raising your standard, think about what life would be like if you stayed where you are or pursued new dreams, new goals, and new aspirations. In other words, will I be better off tomorrow if I stay where I am, or will I be better off a year or two from now if I continue to grow, becoming better tomorrow than who I am today?


Change your shouldsinto musts

The first step in getting to any destination is deciding to get there. Though success requires that you choose, taking action is usually a challenge for most people. The secret to taking action so that you may get to your destination is by simply changing your “shoulds” to “musts.” I should pay down my debt; I should start a business; I should go to the gym are all wishful thinking. They lack the impetus and drive to get you moving. In other words, “shoulds” are just good intentions without a corresponding commitment to action, while “musts” are actions that you have to take with the mindset that there is no other option.


Get better

Self-improvement is vital for continued success. If you are going to stay relevant and be your “best self,” you must seek to be better today than you were yesterday. To get better is to improve your capacity – your ability to get a job or task done. In other words, if you are to have more or do more, you will have to become more. Furthermore, the future belongs to people who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.


As you seek to raise your standard for greater success, do so by considering the cost of complacency, by changing your “shoulds” to “musts,” and get better today than you were yesterday.