CALL TO ACTION #3: RAISE THE BAR

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  1. Today, select one of the goals you have for yourself. This could be a big-time goal that is longer term, or even just something you're trying to do by the end of the week.
  2. I want you to take the measurable component of that goal, and push it a little bit higher. If your goal is a GPA goal, increase that number just a little bit. If your goal is a weight loss, strength training, or fitness goal, raise the bar a little higher. If your goal is to get something done by the end of the week, how can you be efficient enough to complete that task plus one more? If your goal is to spend more time doing X, increase that goal time.

Simply raising your expectations can change your life. This can be scary, because the more challenging our goals are, the more uncertainty we introduce and the more at risk we are of failing. But raising expectations and truly buying into those expectations will elevate your performance. And if your goals are set high enough, then "failure", or coming up just short of your goal, might just be an amazing accomplishment.

"If you set your goals ridiculously high and it's a failure, you will fail above everyone else's success."- James Cameron, Canadian filmmaker, director, producer, screenwriter, inventor, engineer, philanthropist, and deep-sea explorer famous for the movies Avatar and Titanic, among others

"High expectations are the key to everything."- Sam Walton, founder of Walmart and Sam's Club

"I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that's how you grow. When there's that moment of 'Wow, I'm not really sure I can do this,' and you push through those moments, that's when you have a breakthrough."- Marissa Mayer, President & CEO of Yahoo!