I started getting all these awesome things once I didn’t want them anymore, once I was aiming for way bigger and better.
Elevating my standards forced me to elevate my own expectations of the work I do, and in turn it made me better, which made me expect even better things to happen.
When you expect you get given. Let me rephrase. You’re not given anything. You EARN them by the sheer force of expecting that they belong to you.
“Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.” That’s what they say, right? Cliche? Maybe, but it underscores an important lesson: Life and Business are not efficient.
We never get compensated the full amount we feel we’re worth. We never feel like we’ve received 100% of the dividends our work has earned us. Our name is perennially stuck in the level right below the individuals we’re just as good as.
There’s always that extra chunk of value that remains unsqueezed inside the orange peel of life. All the more reason to aim higher.
If your goal is to one day be a US Senator, aim instead for President and you just might end up a Senator. If you’re happy to just be a working actor, train like you want to be better than Meryl Streep or Daniel Day-Lewis. Lord knows they probably aspired to be the greatest entertainers who ever lived.
Asking for more, and expecting more of yourself elevates your thinking. It frees your mind from the petty worries underlings deal with and forces you to tackle the problems that will lead to greatness.
According to Einstein a problem cannot be solved from the same level of thinking that created it, so what makes you think you can become a king while thinking like a baron?
Ask for more, receive more.