Raise The Bar

By December 14, 2010CFMC Blog Archives

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You know that feeling you get when you spend days, weeks or even months stressing about something you need to ask for? Like a job interview where you don’t know how large a salary you should ask for? You deliberate over and over, back and forth, trying to come up with a number that is more than you currently earn but not so big that they laugh you out of the interview. You decide on one you think is a good balance between the two, and then get dressed in your best “I’m dressed like this because I want to impress you” clothes and head off to the interview. It goes off without a hitch, you answer all the questions with the right answers, and then they ask what kind of salary you’re looking for. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for! You confidently give them the number, and then hear the interviewer say without hesitation that they think you will work out great for the position. What’s the first thing that goes through your head? “Damn! I should have asked for more!”

If you keep your expectations low you’ll constantly (and easily) reach them, and you’ll also constantly be disappointed with your “achievements.” (I put “achievements” in quotes because if your expectations are low then you don’t actually achieve anything. Every morning I expect to go to the bathroom but I don’t consider it any great achievement. However, if I do it while doing a handstand and didn’t make a great big mess, THAT would be an achievement.)

Wallballs, pullups, box jumps, and just about everything else we do are perfect examples of this as well. If you have 15 wallballs left and you’re really tired, setting the goal of doing 3 sets of 5 is easy. You KNOW you can do it. But settling for what you already know you can do is pointless, and certainly won’t get you any better at wallballs.

It’s time to raise the bar and expect more. Go for as many as you know you can do, and then keep going to see how many MORE you can do. Now you have a new number to expect each time. THAT’S raising the bar.

I hope you find some inspiration in this message. I was inspired when writing it, but now I have to go clean up the bathroom and take a shower.