If I said to you that if you failed to make this one change, you are guaranteed to fail. What would you think? That’s a pretty bold statement.
Here’s the deal, unless you raise your standards of what your willing to accept in your life, nothing will ever change or improve. Raising your standards is easy. Maintaining your standards is a completely different. You can raise your standards, but living them becomes impossible when the majority of your peers are brining you down with destructive attitudes, mindless conversations, lack of contribution and zero personal or professional growth.
Part “A” of the one thing is raising your standards, and Part “B thru Z” is surrounding yourself with peers that have significantly higher standards than you. The secret to raising your standards is also the one change that you cannot fail to make or you will fail. You must change your peers.
Most people, not you of course, surround themselves with people who settle in life. They have very common standards that will not support your growth and advancement in life. That’s why most people never get ahead.
If you look at anyone who’s achieved any level of personal or professional success, they surround themselves with peers who have higher standards. They realize that you “become who you spend time with”. Being around these people will elevate your game, and if you drop your standards, they will kick you out.
Does this mean you need to throw your friends and family away? First, love your family. Then decide if they should be in your peer group or not. In terms of your friends, some need to go and some can come along for the ride. Only you can make that choice. Just remember that you become who you spend time with. Choose wisely.
If you don’t raise your standards and surround yourself with peers who have significantly higher standards than you, than I guarantee you will fail.
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