Raising your expectations of yourself can help you accomplish more than you ever thought possible. The trick is to learn how to reach the next level without pushing yourself over the edge.
Why Raise Your Expectations?
If you’re perfectly happy with your current situation in life, you might be wondering why you’d want to raise your expectations. Well, when you expect more, you unleash more of your potential… more of who you’re meant to be.
Greater expectations opens you up to living your full purpose. Often we tend to play small and not step into our greatness because it makes you feel more vulnerable. It’s worth it in the end. Doing the actions to meet those expectations may provide you with one of those life-defining moments that make you happy to be alive.
Your Expectations or Theirs?
It needs to come from within, not from somebody else. When it’s not yours, you may feel like a failure and unfulfilled with the results. Or chances are you weren’t unhappy with the results because you didn’t really care.
Either way, it becomes a negative experience. Think back, what you can learn from this type of experience and use it to move forward.
The important thing about raising your personal expectations is they are your expectations, not somebody else’s.
Here are some excellent ways to raise your expectations of yourself:
- Do difficult things. Pushing your limits can only be achieved by doing difficult things. You might not find success right away, but when you do, it can be the starting place for doing even bigger and better things in the future.
- Expand your comfort zone. Staying comfortable is another way of continually playing it safe. When you expand your comfort zone, you open yourself up to new and exciting things. You’ll then come to expect more from yourself just because you’re comfortable with more.
- Challenge yourself. Set yourself up with a specific challenge or make a dare with yourself. If you’re dared to do something, you pretty much have to do it!
- Take a survival course. Taking a survival course can show you how to get back to the basics. These courses are not just about basic survival, they can also teach you about yourself. You can learn more about your abilities and strengths, and then continue to challenge yourself in the future.
- Personally, a survival course didn’t appeal to me. I took a trip to Toronto, Canada. I planned the trip, mapped it out (which meant learning to read a map), made reservations at the hotel. I also learned to change the tire and what to do in case of an emergency. This was before cell phones and GPS devices.
I drove the 5 hour drive alone to a strange city and enjoyed the weekend. Granted it would have been more fun with my hubby along but it taught me a lot about myself.
- Learn new things. Work on being a more open and adaptable person. When you do, you may find that new experiences and situations simply fall into your lap. It’s an easy way of broadening your horizons, and with new knowledge and skills under your belt, you’ll be able to raise the expectations of what you can do.
Higher expectations for yourself also raise your self-esteem. What you think you can achieve is very important because it decides what you will achieve. When you raise the bar, you enable yourself to do more and be more than before.
Remember that your thoughts are very powerful. When you make the effort to raise your expectations, you’re also strengthening your self-worth and abilities. You’ll see yourself in a positive light and be better able to achieve your ultimate goals.
Try these strategies to help you raise your expectations of yourself and enjoy the pride and fulfillment that come with doing great things!