As the week starts, it can be stressful to look ahead — five more straight days of one-handed work and trying to live up to the expectations I’ve set for myself this week. Expectations are the wrong word, as it’s more like standards.
I’ve set a standard for myself to get shit done. To not let anyone down and to be that team player that others or a company can put their weight on and carry them to the finish line. So every day the struggle isn’t getting past my limitations, it’s the ability some days not to meet those high standards. And I refuse to lower them and believe you shouldn’t either.
“No one’s done anything great by setting low standards.”
Standards are something you set within yourself that define your ability and the lowest you will go. By placing your standards high, you raise your confidence, drive, and motivation to do everything you can to reach those standards.
Somedays you may not live up to those standards, and that’s okay. But as long as you’ve strived towards them, you won the day.
By setting them high, you’ve forced yourself to think bigger and work hard. And even on the days when it’s not reached, you’ll still end up farther along than if you set your standards low and achieved them. I can guarantee you the pain of not reaching your standards if set high is much less than realizing you’re living a life of mediocrity and complacency by being okay with low standards.
Why is that? Because even if you fail, you’ll know you gave it everything you had. That feeling is much greater than the destination of hitting your standards and goals.
Set your standards high this week and watch your work and mentality follow.