One of the many perks of working in this industry is having the privilege of traveling and attending conferences in many difference cities all over the country. With that privilege comes the opportunity to gain and share invaluable knowledge and experience with others within the industry. Our CEO, Eric, recently spoke about a very important topic at a conference in Atlantic City- setting high standards for yourself.
When it comes down to it, the standards that you set for yourself set the tone for your entire day and, ultimately, your entire life. What does it mean to hold yourself to a higher standard? While it may have a different meaning for everyone, one thing everybody can agree on is that action and purpose are absolutely necessary for a successful life and there are a few key concepts to keep in mind when setting standards for yourself. Let’s break down a few of them;
1. Appearance- Taking the time to look your best shows that you value yourself and that you respect the time of your customers, employers, colleagues, business partners, etc. If you are neglectful of your appearance it may give off the impression that you are neglectful in other aspects of your life, as well. In contrast, investing the time in yourself suggests that you will invest the same care and attention in your work.
“If I’m not fired up about myself and what I’m doing, how the hell can I get others to want to follow my lead? What I choose to wear inside and outside of the office is a direct reflection of the standards I have for myself.”- Eric
2. Body Language- Body language is a super important factor that many people overlook. Not only does it convey your attitude and intention to the world, but it can have an effect on your own mood, too! Simply by paying more attention to your posture and making more effort to sit/stand up straight, you can improve your mood and confidence! Additionally, you will appear more confident! Aside from posture, body language plays a huge role in communication and relationships. Pay attention to how you react, physically, when others speak and when you speak. Take note of how your body language may be affecting your communications and make adjustments accordingly. You’ll be surprised at what your body may be telling people without your knowledge!
“Most people overlook their body language and what it makes them look like. I know for me, I naturally have an RBF. I have to think about the look on my face, otherwise I look like I need to eat a snickers. When I was a leader trying to build my team, or even now when I’m getting coaching from awesome people like the speakers here today, I go out of my way to show everyone I want the ball. I make sure to stand straight up or sit on the edge of my seat. I make sure to make eye contact with whoever is in front of the room and nod along as they make their points. I make sure to take great notes not only to learn from but to show that I respect and appreciate their time. I make sure to stand out and show everyone how fired up I am to be great!” -Eric
3. Attitude- It’s important to make a conscious effort everyday to have a great attitude. It’s not easy, but it’s doable. Have you ever come across one of those people who are always “looking on the bright side”, and thought, “How can anyone be that positive all the time?!”. Well, thanks to cognitive conditioning, it is doable. All you have to do is make a conscious effort to choose to be happy each morning, stay positive throughout the day, and bounce back when stuff hits the fan. Each day, it will become more natural and before you know it, YOU will be one of those “on the bright side” people!
“I used to think I could just apply a positive attitude to things whenever I feel like it, and it would make it better. Doesn’t work that way. It needs to be consistent. It is ok if you lose your attitude, it’s about how quick you can get it back and the decision to continue to have a positive attitude.” -Eric
4. Motivation- One of the most important things you must learn is how to keep yourself motivated in all areas of your life. No one else is going to do it for you. Too many people look for external motivation and that is when people become complacent. You’ve got to find that spot inside you- that spot where your drive and passion comes from and never let go of it. Harness it and never lose sight of it, because that is what will keep you going through the hardest of days and that is what will make it all worthwhile when you eventually get where you want to be.
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