Why is it important for you to be setting high standards in achieving your goals, finding personal success, creating a great career, or anything else in life?
This month my blogs have been focusing on your goals for the New Year and ways you might not have thought about to help you manifest them. I talked about having not just faith in yourself but, “fierce faith” in yourself and your ability to live up to your dreams and potential. I talked about discovering the “why” behind your goals and what you do in your life to help you stay motivated and on course.
As we are about to round the corner on January, I want to spend some time on the importance of setting high standards for yourself and if you aren’t already doing so, why you should.
As a teenage girl, and maybe you did this too, I wrote a list of all the attributes the man of my dreams would have in order to be good enough to be my life partner. And as I dated and played the field, this list changed as some attributes were erased and some critical attributes were added. Some of my friends thought my standards were too high and often just didn’t exist, but I held strong to my list believing there was a guy out there who could measure up.
What I want you to know is, this exercise is something you should also be doing now, as an adult, for other aspects in your life… like your career.
Why? Because just as it shouldn’t be good enough to just find any ole guy to share the rest of your life with, it shouldn’t be good enough to just find and stay in any ole job either.
You never thought of it this way did you? But, you get my point.
Don’t let your career be about making due with just any company and doing a job just to have a job. Having higher standards for how you spend your working hours of your day is not only good, but it’s great!
Setting high standards for yourself automatically raises your expectations & what you imagine for yourself to become possible.
Setting high standards quite possibly opens up a whole new universe for you.
Pam Grout in her book “E-Squared” says, “What shows up in our lives is a direct reflection of our inner thoughts and emotions”.
What this means to me is, if we set our standards low what will show up is sub-par results. If we set our standards high however, the potential for what will show up in our lives is also quite high.
And to take this even further, when you set your standards high your mindset will actually change to one that expects more too.
You will, in fact, expect more from yourself… which in turn is reflected in how you think, how you act, and how you interact with others.
Setting high standards doesn’t necessarily mean fabulous things will just automatically come to you. Having high standards does include a lot of work and quite possibly starting at the bottom to working very hard to climb up.
Yet, a higher set of expectations usually means you are willing to do whatever is needed to achieve the results you desire. This could mean increasing your skill sets, getting more training, accepting the public speaking gig you are afraid of, challenging yourself on a tough assignment, networking with others, stepping outside your comfort zone, and more.
And what you don’t realize is, the result of setting these high standards and the subsequent actions you are willing to do will follow the law of attraction. You will, in fact, attract more opportunities and influential people.
Setting high standards for yourself is in essence… claiming what is rightfully yours.
This is a very powerful statement, but it is true because of how setting high standards creates a domino effect or flow.
Setting high standards open up the universe to what is possible, expands your mindset and increases your expectations, means you are now willing to do whatever is needed to achieve your results, and results in attracting more too.
Setting high standards is like claiming the title to a piece of land, owning your future, or calling it out.
Don’t be afraid to own what you want for yourself, own your dreams, own your goals. Claim them and go for it.
Don’t be afraid to work toward owning your own company, landing the dream job, getting a degree, nailing the corner office, being a CEO, working for a fabulous company with awesome benefits, working a schedule that fits with your personal goals, or whatever it is.
The key here is setting high standards which are going to be unique to you and have deep meaning behind them that only you are going to truly feel.
But only you can set these high standards and you need to do so for yourself.
Do this for yourself so you can enjoy and benefit from what expanding the universe and your mindset will create for you. Don’t miss out on how this will change the course for your life and career. Most of all, realize how settling for less than your goals can limit your future.
This is reason enough!