Raise the Bar
Imagine that you’re running through an obstacle course. You have many challenges to overcome along the way. Some prompt you to stoop down, while others demand that you reach high. All require that you calculate risk and make quick decisions with ease.
Midway through the competition, you hit a big hurdle. To make it to the next level, you have to crawl under a barrier and raise the bar. Then, you have to find a way out of a small contained space to make it to the final stretch. You’re taken back by this obstacle, as you didn’t train for it. You’re determined to stand out, so you refocus your mind to push through a mental block.
Now parallel this with life. At times, it can feel like an obstacle course. You have to find your way around hurdles as you adjust and adapt to changing circumstances. You may even feel like you’re stuck under a barrier trying to push your way out of a small contained space. The ultimate goal is to make it to the next level.
Mindset is critical in competition and in daily life. If you lower your standards to match your situation, you won’t have the determination to rise above your circumstances to reach your potential. An ability to refocus your mind will enable you to push through challenges and come out on top. Never lower your standards to fit in. Always raise the bar, and you’ll stand out.
Julie Barbera, author of the forthcoming book, Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection
“Treasures Are Right Before Our Eyes, yet Many Miss Gems Searching for Pearls at the Bottom of the Sea.”