Happy Cinco De Mayo.
I took a few days off and I just started to notice something.
Whenever you reach a goal, it gets more and more difficult to innovate. Things start to get tougher. It gets more difficult because now you have more to lose. You set a standard…you hit it…and now have to raise the bar.
When the bar is raised, the fear of failure is raised as well. That’s when complacency settles in. We take a breath. Our sense of urgency to complete the next project goes down. Maybe we don’t work as hard as we did before because we give ourselves a little “mental break” or a physical break. We feel that because we have accomplished something, we don’t have to push as hard. We dodge accountability for our actions.
Then we lose a day or two.
Maybe it only happens to me, but whenever I take a day or two off, I start to feel guilty. I feel that I have missed opportunities to grow. A long time ago, I set a standard for myself, and when time goes by and progress is not made, I understand that the only person I hurt is myself.
What standards have you set for yourself? How close are you to reaching that standard?
What is your next move from here?