Setting A Higher Standard for Yourself

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Reach higher the norm to fulfill your potential.

There are all sorts of role models out there for any fitness goal that you might have. If you’re looking to get lean and fit, you need to follow someone who believes in doing things better than the average. How do you move away from the unsuccessful majority and become a person of higher standards?

Sad Statistics

Nearly 70% of Americans are overweight or obese. If you’re in a healthy weight range you’re in the minority! What does that knowledge do for you? F

or me, it makes me feel very sad about the state of our society. It also makes me realize that there are a lot of people out there that I can help. Now, you can use the obesity data to make yourself feel better about the state your body is in, or you can make a plan to get to your ideal weight. If your friends are overweight, don’t make yourself feel better by saying you’re doing as well as them, or better than most people. Dwelling on that kind of information doesn’t get you to your goal physique. Justifying your failure by using data about people who are less successful isn’t going to get you anywhere.

Commiserating with others who have low standards is the enemy of success.

As in: “I know, it’s so hard to eat properly, right? Let’s go have a pizza and talk about it.”

Don’t let other people bring you down to their level.

Set the standard and encourage others to follow you.

Set a Higher Standard

Realize that by choosing to build your dream body through your lifestyle, you’re setting a higher standard for yourself. You have to stand out and be unafraid to challenge the internal and external noise that will tell you that you’re doing fine and you don’t need to change. If you didn’t want to change you wouldn’t be here. If you weren’t looking to improve yourself you wouldn’t be searching for something different.

Copy Someone Who’s Achieved Your Goal

Success leaves clues.

If you want to achieve something you need to look to someone who’s achieved the goal that you have. If you want to be lean, fit, and healthy, follow the advice of someone who’s lean, fit and healthy.

Choose role models that challenge you, encourage you, and force you to set a higher standard. Don’t use the lesser achievements of most people keep you from achieving your best. You can stand out from the unexceptional majority.

Ivana Chapman 

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Ivana Chapman

Ivana Chapman

Ivana Chapman BSc BA CSCS is a Canadian fitness and nutrition coach, happy wife, and mom to an energetic 5-year-old boy. She is a writer, published fitness model, speaker, 3rd Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate, former World Cup Karate Champion, one-time marathoner, and CBBF National level Natural Bikini competitor. She loves weight training and chocolate, not always in that order of preference.
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