Some days back I listened to an audio book titled Unleash the Power Within by Anthony Robbins. One thing I got is how to achieve excellence. Actually there are three levels mentioned there: poor, good, and extraordinary. But of course we all want to be extraordinary, right ?
Consequently, being extraordinary means that we must be excellent. But what is the key to excellence ? Here it is, loud and clear: raise your standard.
But regarding raising the standard, how do you know that you have really raised your standard and not just staying in the same place ? How do you know that you have demanded enough from yourself ? These two questions bother me and make me think. I really wanted to know the answer. After thinking about it, at last I get this conclusion: raising your standard means putting yourself in an inconvenient place. You raise your standard if you demand yourself in such a way that you feel inconvenient. You raise your standard if you demand yourself for something outside of your comfort zone.
When I see myself, this is what happen regarding my study right now. I’ve got a convenient job in Indonesia. And by the standard there, my knowledge is already relatively deep. But now I leave my job and go abroad to a place where the standard is much higher. Previously, I could put certain amount of effort to get the result I wanted (such as A grade). But now, I must put much higher amount of effort and still there is no guarantee that I can get it. It is inconvenient for me. But I know this is the right thing to do: I’m now raising my standard.