Josh Payne

The Power of Elevating
Your Standards

Mike Ditka, the great football coach of the Chicago Bears, has often said, “You get what you tolerate.” If your life is less than you’d like it to be, perhaps your standards are too low.

Are you comfortable with making less money than you deserve to make? Are you comfortable being 20 lbs. overweight? If you don’t raise your standards, you will likely achieve more of what you have already gotten.

Life will give you what you are willing to fight for.  Life will give you what you are willing to accept, and nothing more.

Raise your standards and enrich your life:

  1. Your standards determine the lower level of what’s acceptable to you. What do you really want in life? Your standards will define what you will achieve in life. When you decide you desire more, you will naturally begin to elevate your standards.
  2. You can raise your standards at any time. Your standards are entirely up to you and what you are willing to accept. You have the right to thrive. You weren’t put on the planet to just get by. But, at the point you decide you want more, you are going to have to make the decision to elevate your standards. No one can determine your destiny but you.
  3. Your most important standards involve discipline and habits. Are you willing to tolerate always being late? Are you willing to tolerate procrastination? Are you willing to tolerate letting your family down? Will you continue to tolerate not speaking up for yourself? Elevating your standards in this area will have a great impact on your life.
  4. Determine a standard you’re committed to raising. Perhaps you’d like to make more money. What adjustments need to be made to accomplish this goal? How would your behavior change if you adopted an elevated level of standard?
  5. Visualize success in that area. Imagine yourself in already achieving the end result. Focus on the feeling it generates. That feeling will draw you to your new standards like a magnet.
  6. Take aggressive action. It becomes very clear when a decision has been made as behavior immediately changes. If you’re still stuck, your standards haven’t changed enough.
  7. See your new standard as an elevation of your self-identity. See yourself as the person that makes health a priority. This is much more powerful than having a goal of losing 25 lbs. When you upgrade your self-identity, results improve and are sustained for the long term.
  8. Recognize when you’re living up to your new standards. If your elevated standard is to save more money, make note of all the times you’re behaving congruently. You might buy less expensive food at the store, skip your morning latte, or carpool to work. Point out your progress to yourself and feel excited.
  9. Consider what could happen if you fail to live up to your new standards. Keeping with the money-saving example, lack of elevating your standards could result in never being able to retire. Make a list and understand the pain you face if you ever lower down your new elevated standards..

Tony Robbins has said that raising his standards was the most important factor in turning his life around. It’s important to set a baseline for what you’re willing to accept in life.

Remember, you don’t get what you want in life, you get what you’re willing to tolerate. Elevate your standards and your life will rise to meet them.

I hope you received value from this tools, stay tuned for more Business and Mindset tips. Sincerely, Josh Payne

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