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Raise the Bar . . .

by Tim Conner, CSP

tim connor 50From time to time everyone hits either a real winning streak or a real slump in their life. Life is about ups and downs.

It is not a consistent upward rise to the top of the mountain nor is it a steady decline to the pits. It is give and take, winning and losing and acceptance of life either way. Now don't get me wrong I am not implying that you should accept losing as a way of life and give up. I am suggesting however that when you lose, even if you did your best, you won't win them all. It's not that kind of world.


Raising the bar means just that: raising your self-expectations higher. People tend to get into ruts of performance. They accept their: $45,000 job, $50-million-dollar business, being Number Two or Three, the inevitable loss of some kind, or retirement from anywhere between 45 and 75 years of age, etc.

I say: NO WAY. 

I can change the status quo, achieve more, become better, decide to do more with less, pour it on and I can raise my personal bar to any position I choose. If do not cross the bar, it doesn't matter. 

Life is not about crossing the bar, it is about the thrill, joy, and pleasure in trying to cross the bar. There is a distinct difference here, one that I want to ensure you understand. Having goals is important but working toward goals is more important.

Where is your bar set?

  • Low enough so you can have a life filled with accomplishments?
  • So high that you continually stretch yourself to climb higher but never make it?
  • Somewhere in between: safe - yet a little - but not too challenging?

Each of us can do more, be more, have more, learn more, etc. I am not suggesting you become a workaholic. I love to play, relax, read, travel, and do nothing. But I am also a believer in pouring it on. 

Most of us could accomplish a great deal more than we do. We only need to create the desire, get organized, have balance in our lives, and go for it.

Where in your life could you be accomplishing more? In your career? Personal life? Outside interests? A new hobby? A new sport? A new relationship? 

Don't wait. The clock is ticking. Before you know it you may be too old, too tired, too bored, or too sick to pour it on. And don't worry about missing the mark or failing - just keep at it . . . You need to fail often to succeed sooner.  

In His Service, Tim Connor