Are you doing your best?

Steve Pavlina:

The only question that matters for setting your standards is this: Are you doing your best? If the answer is yes, you’ve got nothing to be ashamed of, regardless of how your results stack up against other people.

And:

What really got me out of this mess is that I made a committed decision to raise my standards. … No one was coming to rescue me — it was entirely up to me. … The outlook for the next few years looked bleak, but no matter what happened in the immediate future, I could still imagine being in a better place five years hence. It might get worse before it got better, but at least it would eventually get better.

And:

What if I were to ask you, “Are you doing your best?” and you honestly answer, “No, I’m not.” Then you’ve got a problem. You have unused potential that you’re just wasting. You’re living below your capacity.

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What other people are doing is irrelevant. You know you’re capable of more, so step up and claim those results.

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Follow the trail of better. Raise your standards. Can you perform today a little better than you did yesterday? And can you do the same thing tomorrow and the next day? Follow that trail, and you’ll come to discover just how incredible your best really is. I guarantee you it’s way, way out there. Your best is so far ahead of you that you can’t even see it yet. It’s going to take you years before you think you’ve even gotten close to it. And even when you think you’ve found it, you’ll discover it’s always one more step ahead of you.