Raise Your Standards, Change Your Results
In a recent video, Libertas Real Estate Founder and Transformational Coach Justin Thorstad speaks about the ways that people can change their lives through raising the standards that they’ve set for themselves (whether intentionally or otherwise). He says that people tend to simply “tolerate” the things that happen to them. However, for those looking to elevate their lives, they have to start with taking a look at what they have been tolerating, and whether those things align with the goals of who they wish to become.
He points to the quote: you cannot change what you are willing to tolerate. However, he invites people to change what they tolerate. He suggests people ask themselves some questions to first discover what they have been willing to tolerate that has not been producing the desired results they wish to achieve in their lives.
“Take a look at the results you’re getting in every area of your life, look at what you’ve been tolerating that has not led to the results you really want,” he says. “And then ask yourself some questions to experience some real growth.” He adds that when people can change their standards of what they’re willing to accept, they can change their lives.
“One way to do this is by raising your standards and no longer tolerating that no longer serves you or is no longer something you want to participate in,” he suggests, reminding people that mindset is everything because “when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
Justin encourages people to begin with the standards to which they hold themselves, suggesting that a morning routine and “non-negotiable” time is vital to success based on his own experiences. “Do you have a morning routine that you hold sacred and that no one is allowed to interrupt?” he asks. “What you participate in on a daily basis creates the peak optimal state for your mind and body… and that begins with a morning routine. You can get peak performance out of yourself by developing the self-discipline to stick to a standard of a routine of activities and seeing that routine through every single day.
He encourages people to elevate their standards in their relationships, whether that means committing to routine date night with a significant other or leaving little notes to brighten their day or spending one-on-one time with each child in the family. He says the effort that its takes to show up and make those things happen can lead to the desired results and improved relationships.
Justin also challenges people to take a look at what they “tolerate” in their business and how they craft their schedules every single day to produce the results they wish to see. “Are you focusing on the lead-generating, income-producing activities or the ‘busywork’ that feels safer but doesn’t actually produce the results you desire?” he asks. He also suggests people look at what they are willing to tolerate when it comes to their bodies.
For Justin, health is a topic near to his heart and he suggests that people stop reacting to ‘what’s in front of them’ or making excuses that they’re too busy to meal prep and thus end up in the drive through line and instead raise their standards on how they are willing to treat their bodies. Along that same line, he says mindset is everything in this area as well. For example, he doesn’t call fitness “working out,” but instead calls it exercise and uses it as a way to celebrate the body and what it was designed to do — move!
“Remember that we control our conditions, our circumstances and our environment and ultimately we become a product of those things,” he says. “But what those things look like in your life is based on your standards and are a reflection of your state of mind.” Justin encourages people to raise their standards and let go of what they have been willing to tolerate in the past that no longer serves who they want to be in the present and in the future. “If you want to change your life, you have to change your standards.”