“Your standards and goals”

"The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it." - Michelangelo

Setting your personal standards is an essential element to achieving success in any area of life. This is particularly true when it comes to accomplishing our goals, whether in the realm of health and fitness, career advancement, or personal relationships. In order to accomplish our goals, we need to have a clear understanding of what we expect of ourselves and what we are willing to tolerate.

One of the benefits of setting our personal standards is that it provides a sense of structure and direction. When we have a clear idea of what we want to achieve and how we want to achieve it, then we are more likely to take purposeful action and make progress toward our goals. Personal standards can serve as a compass that guides our decision-making and helps us stay focused on what’s important.

Another benefit of setting our own bar is that it helps us stay accountable to ourselves. When we establish expectations for our behavior and actions, we create a sense of responsibility to uphold those standards. This can be a powerful motivator, as we strive to meet our own expectations and hold ourselves to a high level of performance.

Of course, setting a high bar is easier said than done. It requires a level of self-awareness and introspection that can be challenging for some people. Additionally, it can be difficult to maintain high standards 

consistently, especially when we face obstacles or setbacks. However, there are two strategies that can help us set and maintain personal standards for accomplishing our goals.

One strategy is to adopt a growth mindset. This means viewing challenges and setbacks as opportunities for learning and improvement, rather than as indications of failure. By reframing our perspective in this way, we can stay motivated and resilient in the face of obstacles, and we can learn and grow along the way. 

It can also be helpful to seek support from others. Whether it’s a coach, mentor, or accountability partner, having someone who can provide guidance, feedback, and encouragement can be invaluable in maintaining personal standards for achieving our goals. Sometimes we can’t see as clearly when we are in the thick of our own process as a third person can.

If you don’t set your bar high enough in your life you will be likely to end up settling for what you get that is easy. We live up to bars we set, we settle for what comes easy. Set your standards high, challenge yourself and if you make it or not you will no doubt accomplish more than if you didn’t set any. 

I am love. I am joy. I am good.

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About the author
Tad Inoue is an IFBB Professional League judge, Nutritionist and Professional Diet Coach for many clients and athletes worldwide. Tad has been in the bodybuilding and fitness industry for over 32 years and his clients include professional athletes, top amateur atheletes and all other competitors in figure, bikini, men and women's physique and bodybuilding, as well as individuals interested in optimal health. Tad was a National competitor in the NPC for over 30 years and now focuses his passion, knowledge and experience on helping and instructing others in fitness, wellness and athletic competition. His education includes philosophy, theology, nutrition, biochemistry as well as dietetics. He specializes in contest preparation for Figure, Bikini, men and women's Phyisque, Bodybuilding and fat loss for optimal health. Tad is also a speaker on mindfulness, motivation and joyful positive living.