Never Lower the Bar

Many that know me know that Tom Bilyeu, co-founder of Quest Nutrition and Impact Theory, is someone that I closely follow. He is a modern-day Dale Carnegie and someone that I consider a mentor (even though I have never met him). As I reflect on 2019, I feel obligated to share one of Tom’s Newsletters from back in May.
The following excerpt is one that I have printed and carry with me every day. We at Angels Baseball have set a high bar for ourselves. Throughout 2019, we have seen successes and we have encountered many obstacles. I’ve had to read Tom’s writing below many times over the past 6.5 months.
I would strongly encourage everyone to print this out and keep on your person. Dare to dream big dreams. And as Tom says…NEVER LOWER THE BAR!

“Never lower the bar. When it’s obvious that your goal cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goal. Adjust your action steps.  Change your path.  Figure out a new way to get what you set out for. That may be the single best piece of advice you’re going to get.  Tattoo it on your soul.  Do whatever you have to do to remember it.  Once you set a goal – and you’ve decided that your’e going to make something come true, don’t let anything stop you. At the same time, acknowledge the reality that you are going to face obstacles.  And these obstacles will seem insurmountable.  But it doesn’t matter.  You’ll keep going…Even when you realize the path you’re on is not going to take you to where you want to go, you won’t give up. You will find a different path and double down on your commitment to achieving your goal. Make that the cornerstone of your identity.  When you face a challenge, you don’t give up.  You don’t break.  You rise to those challenges and do whatever you have to.  Will there be self doubt along the way?  Of course.  The way you conquer self doubt is by doing things that make you uncomfortable. By facing down challenges and finding a way through, under and around them. But you won’t lower the bar for yourself.
The reason people lower the bar and make things easier is because they’re afraid. They’re afraid of what it says about them and that they’re not going to be able to accomplish it. They’re afraid to tell people what they’re up to. They’re afraid to even dream big because they don’t know if they’re going to make it. They don’t know if they have inside what it takes to persevere.  But if you build into your identity that you are the type of person who doesn’t give up, you will make the impossible possible. You will get better.  You will grow and become capable of more.  And you will come to find the only difference between what’s possible and impossible is your willingness to acquire skills and put them to the test. Remember that.  And make these insights the pillar on which your identity stands:
Acquire the skills.  
Believe in yourself.  
And never give up.
Be legendary,
Tom”

Coach Jason
Angels Baseball
Nurturing a Culture of Excellence

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