Have you ever thought about the effect your personal 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 in order 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 and live a better life.

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. In raising your standard therefore, think about what life would be like if you stayed where you are, or if you 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 “shoulds” into “musts”

The first step in getting to any destination is making a decision to get there. Though success requires that you make a decision, taking action however, is usually a challenge for most people. The secret to taking action so that you may get to your destination is what Tony Robins refers to as 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 action that need to be taken without having any other option.

Get better

Self-improvement is important 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. As Robert Greene in his book Mastery, puts it; “The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways” (p. 64).

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.