What Do Elton John and Michael Jordan have in Common?
The one CRITICAL FACTOR that separates the high achiever from the low achiever is 'demanding the best from yourself.' In my book, “If You Think You Can!," this is Law #2. Like Michael Jordan and Elton John, demanding greatness from yourself is a key principle when it comes to success. Where do you need to give more than you currently do? Where do you coast when you should be hustling? What 'fundamentals' do you need to review again and again to maintain the competitive edge?
Everything you have right now in your life is a reflection of what you expect to have, and your commitment to it. Aristotle said, “What you expect, that you shall find.” In order to get what you want, you must begin expecting and demanding more from yourself than you currently do. You must begin by raising the bar—the standards by which you hold yourself to.
Just like building a muscle, you wouldn’t lift the same amount of weight indefinitely and expect muscle to grow. Instead, you would increase the weight, placing greater demand on the muscle. This, in turn, would cause the muscle to expand and grow to new levels.