Do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? As we grow older, many of us let limiting beliefs take root and we learn to repress our dreams for our lives and instead, start expecting less from ourselves. We can feel like it's not worth it to imagine our futures as anything better or different than how we feel today. The good news is, it's never too late to get unstuck. The best part of getting unstuck is the incredible feeling of being prepared for whatever comes next in your life.
My hope is for you to take advantage of every opportunity, including reading this article and taking action because the real key to getting unstuck is having high expectations for yourself. You read that right, the more you expect of yourself, the more you will accomplish.
Raising your expectations will push you to accomplish more than you ever thought possible.
The first step is reconnecting with the child inside who still has big dreams for your life. Getting Unstuck means learning how to drive yourself higher without pushing yourself too far to achieve your ambitious goals.
Why do I have to raise my expectations for myself?
Raising your expectations does not mean that you are unsatisfied with the current version of your life. Perhaps right now you are overjoyed, everything is good in your life. You've got a job you like, a family you love, and you are focused on your physical and mental health. That's great. Congratulations. Can I ask you a question?
Do you believe your life could be better?
The truth is when you expect more, you'll be motivated to achieve that much more. Take a minute and think about a time when you lowered your expectations for what's possible. Maybe you gave up on your first choice for your major area of study or where you most wanted to live, were you unhappy with the impact of your decision or did you not care? Whatever your reaction, ask yourself how driven and fulfilled you felt at the time?
It's true, raising your expectations opens you up and makes you more vulnerable to failure. But setting high expectations has big rewards too. From wanting to be President of the United States to seeking fame, it all starts with a dream and a belief that you deserve more from your life. Think about it, by reaching for more exceptional achievements in your life; you are opening yourself up to learn from new experiences. Even if you fail, you can still learn. Now let your mind imagine how your life could change if you allowed yourself to believe that one life-defining moment can change your life.
When you are ready, here are some of the best ways to raise your expectations of yourself:
1. Set Big Goals. The only way to push yourself past your limits is to take on difficult things. It might be intimidating when you start, and your journey may take a bit longer, but you'll find yourself motivated by the possibility that you can make your dreams come true.
2. Don't Get Stuck on What's Easy. Playing it safe and focusing on your comfort instead of embracing the challenges in life can make you avoid what you want most. Instead, get excited about what's new in your life and expect to be rewarded when you push yourself to try something different.
3. Focus on one thing. Expectations can be overwhelming if you set too many at once. Suddenly declaring that you will suddenly become the best writer, teacher, parent, and business person isn't realistic. Pick one challenge where you want to see progress and make it a priority in your life. Dare yourself to put your energy into seeing through one vision at a time and watch what happens!
4. Learn something new. Anything worth learning is worth mastering. Make yourself the focus of your time and set a goal to be a more open and adaptable person. When you do, you may find that new experiences and situations are more attracted to you. By raising your expectations, you'll push yourself to develop new skills, have new experiences, and do better than you imagined.
The best way to improve your self-esteem is to set higher expectations for your life. By believing you can achieve your most ambitious goals, you increase your chances of seeing it through. Each expectation sets you up to be better than ever before.
Just imagine what would be possible if you harnessed your thoughts to achieve your goals!
What if you eliminated the negative thoughts to increase your self-worth and confidence?
When you shift your mind to expect the most from your life, you'll see yourself differently and get unstuck so you can achieve your bigger goals. Start implementing the tips to raise your expectations for yourself, and you'll never regret believing in yourself again. The first step is up to you, are you ready to take action and get unstuck from what's holding you back?
To change your life for the better you have to start expecting more from yourself.
Set a challenge that will help you see your progress and jumpstart your motivation.
For example, if you decide you want to be a paid speaker, consider taking my five-day Getting Unstuck speaker challenge to do the work to make your dream a reality.
Make sure that you hold yourself accountable by writing down your goal or sharing your challenge with someone else.
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