When you start holding yourself and your life to a higher standard, you will quickly begin to notice the people around you who are satisfied with the status quo.
You’ll begin to hear it in the undertone of everything they have to say about what you’re doing for yourself.
They’ll try to convince you that you don’t have to do things at the level you’re trying. They’ll tell you not to worry about where you’re at with a, “look at me, I’ve only done this much at my age, you’ve got time,” mentality. They’ll try to redirect your priorities, guilting and shaming until you behave in ways that feel comfortable for them. And they’ll essentially ask you, “who do you think you are to do this?” every time they remind you that you’re no So-And-So Big Name doing Big Time things.
There’s a reason most people don’t make extraordinary things happen, and why champions, innovators, and world-changing individuals are few and far between… because it requires holding yourself to a much higher standard. And often, it requires doing so as everyone around you tries to keep you “safe” and small.
Going to the next level, whatever that is for you, requires so much dedication, discipline, and unwavering persistence. It asks you to face your greatest fears, wounds, and most deeply ingrained beliefs about what’s possible in this life. It asks you to push your edges, cultivate courage, and step into new ways of being. It requires endless choice and commitment, trust in yourself, and faith in your vision.
It’s not for everyone.
But that doesn’t mean you have to listen to all the many things they’ll feel compelled to share. It just means you have to wisely choose who you talk about it with and who accompanies you on the journey.