Set a high standard for yourself. Make continuous improvement part and parcel of your life. When you demand more from yourself you give yourself the permission to succeed. I have met people who want more for less. That is not going to happen! The universe operates by exact laws. The more you give, the more you receive. When you give more of yourself to a given project, you get better results than when you give a part of yourself to it.
People who don’t demand more from themselves physically and emotionally do not win Olympic medals. Athletes demand more from themselves – they beat their bodies into shape in preparation for a great finish. Successful businesses demand more from their staff and have the results to show for it. Successful students who make the grade are those who demand more and more from themselves by studying long hours to achieve their academic goals.
Demand more from yourself than anyone else could expect – Tony Robbins
When I was in high school, my uncle sent me the following words in a letter. I later learned the quote was from the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “The Ladder of St. Augustine.” It read: “The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.” I thought what my uncle was trying to say to me was that I should demand more from myself and do my best in school. These words inspired me throughout my high school years and for many more years after that. In life we will often miss the mark; we will be short on the grades, sometimes miss deadlines, and even fail from time to time. However, in the words of Nelson Mandela, “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” We demand more from ourselves by not giving in to defeat and disappointments. When one business fails, you start another one. When the prospect says no to the sale, you say, “Next.” When the body says, Well I am tired today and so there’ll be no exercise, you tell the body to shut up and do the exercise anyway. When people tell you your business idea is silly, you keep the blinders on and keep moving forward. Something special happens when you demand more from yourself; weaknesses give way to strength, illness to wellness, and closed doors become doors of opportunity. How can you know what you are made of if you never demand more from yourself? Demanding more from yourself is a gift to test your tenacity, courage, discipline, and potential. Stretch and demand more from yourself and enjoy the ride!