Hello again everyone!
Are you living your life like a pole vaulter? By the time you are finished reading this I hope you will be able to answer “no” to that question. Let me explain…
It’s a fact that the majority of people operate well below their intended potential. Why is that? It’s simple – most people haven’t been pushed to do anything more, and most people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. In fact, from childhood, we are surrounded by countless situations in which it’s ok to be average. In school, a C is considered a passing grade, so for many kids, a C is all they will shoot for. What would happen if there wasn’t an in between – if you either got an A or failed? Do you think there would be more students that failed? Society surely does, but I tend to disagree. I think you would find that more students would work harder, put in more effort to get the A because for the first time in their lives they were pushed to do it; simply being average was no longer enough.
But it’s no wonder that as adults many people are content to go through life doing only the bare minimum and nothing more – that is how we are programmed as children. And while you can certainly get by in life doing the bare minimum, who wants to just “get by”? To be truly successful in anything – your job, your marriage, ACN – you must have high expectations of yourself and those around you. You must remain unsatisfied. Now this doesn’t mean you create an environment in which your family or your team doesn’t feel as if anything is ever good enough. In fact, it’s just the opposite.
Take for example the pole vaulter on the track and field team. The pole vaulter isn’t trying to go four feet above the bar; they are just trying to clear the bar. See people will only go as high or work as hard as they are pushed to go. So you can go through life as the pole vaulter simply trying to just clear the bar or you can create an environment in which you are challenged every day, an environment in which your personal bar is set higher every day.
And if you are waiting around on someone else to set high expectations of you, to expect more out of you, then you are going to be waiting around for a long time. Your number one competitor should be yourself. You have to set high expectations for yourself and you have to hold yourself accountable to those expectations. If you are constantly letting yourself off the hook, all you’ll ever have is a life full of holes.
See, just because you might only be working your business on a part-time basis doesn’t mean you should only give it part-time effort – because if you do, you shouldn’t expect anything more than part-time results. If all you have to give to your business right now is a few hours a day, then give it 100% for those few hours. But beware…setting high expectations doesn’t by any stretch mean being unrealistic. Perhaps you are hosting 3 PBRs a week and you want to grow your business. You shouldn’t immediately shoot to host 10 PBRs a week – that probably isn’t realistic. Instead, try to host 5 PBRs a week. Raise your expectations and proceed slowly and strategically to achieve your goals.
So back to my original question. Are you living your life like a pole vaulter whose main objective is to simply “clear the bar”? Or are you living your life looking above and beyond the bar? Ask yourself, am I lowering my expectations to match my performance or am I raising my level of performance to meet my expectations? If you aren’t expecting the absolute best from yourself, no one else will! Don’t be afraid to aim high. Sure, you might miss once in a while, but if you never aim, you wont ever hit the mark!
For those of you in Korea and the Pacific, I know you are just coming off incredible national events – which should serve as a catalyst to kick your business into high gear. For those of you in North America, I look forward to seeing you next week at the Charlotte event – where I can assure you we will be raising the bar even higher.
Until next time,