Goals, dreams, and expectations all intertwine together. They provide benchmarks for success. Without these opportunities you are merely surviving life not making the most of opportunities given.
Examine your standards. Are they set too low, too high? Are they attainable or completely predicated on preconceived notions?
We have goals. We have dreams. We have expectations. Too often those expectations are not attainable, not quantifiable. Is it entirely feasible that you can be promoted on the job within one day? Overcome addiction in a week? Or beat cancer within the first month after surgery alone without treatment?
My recent job performance review enabled me to examine my personal goals. Throughout the year I met and exceeded expectations. I pushed capacity limits and made significant gains both personally and professionally. The standards that were set forth for me by my department, I took it to the next level as I held myself accountable to even greater standards. I had one goal in mind, to be in line for a significant monetary increase based upon performance.
Despite receiving high marks on my performance, my annual merit raise of 2% is something I bite my tongue on. Perhaps my expectations were too high. Or perhaps the message relayed was “Welcome to Corporate America.”
I spent the weekend pondering my own personal standards and concluded that the standards I set are mine alone. Others can set those expectations, but those expectations don’t always reflect my standards. I define my standards, no one else. This is the life I lead, it’s up to me to decide what I choose to or not accept.
To be successful you have to raise your standards. I’ve learned it’s not about monetary compensation. Instead it’s about personal satisfaction and the strive to reach greater standards. It’s perfectly acceptable to set the bar high. Stretch attainable, quantifiable measures. In the end, you hold yourself accountable for your standards. In time, those standards will ultimately lead to greater achievements and prestige.
Set your sights high. Spread your wings and fly. Soar through the air. Nothing can stop you from achieving your goals, dreams, and expectations. As for that merit raise, I know I am better than that.
Set the bar high and “keep those feet moving.”