Quote of the Day 20080204

“You can become an even more excellent person by constantly setting higher and higher standards for yourself and then by doing everything possible to live up to those standards.” — Brian Tracy, Author

The other day I wrote a little about not setting expectations so high that you burn out or burn out those around you. And here we have Brian Tracy saying we can become even more excellent by constantly setting higher and higher standards, in effect constantly raising the bar. While it is true that we can attain ever higher levels of achievement this way, we must be careful to set that higher standard in such a way that is an attainable stretch, rather than an out of our capabilities de-motivator.  This is a skill that can be obtained with practice.

I think another thing to be aware of is that we can gradually approach a point of diminishing returns. Is the effort reuired to gain that extra 1% improvement worth it? Of course this is a question you have to ask and answer of yourself. No one can answer it for you.

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3 Responses to “Quote of the Day 20080204”

  1. I wonder though, can we quantify Self-improvement?

  2. @mysoul That’s an excellent question. In some areas I would imagine it is measurable…for instance reading speed. But in a more esoteric sense you would have to measure your development by the external results you get. Perhaps measuring your health and seeing improved health as the result of growing consistency and self discipline or maybe an improved financial life as the result of diligent study, application of what was learned and increased self discipline.

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