What are your standards of excellence, and how important are they, really? Should I have compromised here and lowered my standards? You decide.
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What are your standards of excellence, and just how important are they, really? This week we’re Off Balance On Purpose, in Georgia.
Earlier this week I was in Phoenix, Arizona, at a beautiful resort and I shot a video which featured stunning scenery, a meaningful message, and not-so-great audio. What a disappointment to listen to the footage on the plane coming home and realizing I can’t use this. Honestly, a year ago, we would have made it work. It was okay. Understandable. But just not up to the standards you and I now expect.
Your standards of excellence matter, even on the little things. And, when your standards increase over time, so do the expectations for consistency. If that sounds exhausting, or unfair, realize that when you increase your standards, you don’t just get the obligations for fulfilling them, you also get all the benefits higher standards bring.
Excellence attracts excellence. People, opportunities, and recognitions will flow toward you and, through circumstances you can’t even predict, elevate and reward you. It doesn’t take a lot to stand apart from the norm. And often, it’s the little things that create the shift. Your words. Consideration for others. And the simple acts and self-enforced standards, even when you think no one is looking.
The intended message is coming soon. But today, this one cuts to the front of the line, reminding all of us that your standards define you and become your personal brand. So choose excellence, not to show off or show others up, but because life is more meaningful and fun when your standards aren’t quite so … standard. Until next week, stay Off Balance On Purpose.
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