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August 1, 2022

Everything You're Tolerating

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You may have heard before that you get in life what you’re willing to tolerate. Instead of naturally reaching to achieve your wildest ambitions, your life hovers at whatever level you determine is acceptable. These are the standards you have in life but the thing is, if they’re not enforced, then they’re not actually your standards.

That’s where tolerations are really interesting. They are the things that either breach the standards you set and established a new and lower benchmark for what’s acceptable, or they’re preventing you from raising your standards and improving the quality of your life. When you hear talk about self-growth it often is in the form of stretching your capacity or getting outside of your comfort zone, but an underrepresented opportunity for growth is raising your baseline standards.

With that in mind, it’s important to understand what you’ve been tolerating in your life because they are a limiting factor in your growth. Tolerations take many forms. They include the little things in your physical environment like the things around the house that need to get done - A lightbulb that doesn’t work, a corner that needs to be cleaned up, or an appliance that needs to be repaired. It also includes your social environment and the people who are asking for too much, who don’t have reasonable expectations for you, or who are a drain on your energy but you’re afraid of confronting them about it and setting boundaries.

Again, you get in life what you’re willing to tolerate. But these little things that aren’t ideal couldn’t be that big of a deal, right? Wrong. Not only do they add up to weigh on you, adding avoidable pressure and friction to your life, they’re compromising your standards and dictating what you feel like you’re worthy of. And you know how it goes, it feels so good to get something done or fix something that deep down has been affecting you! It’s liberating, and if you’re ready to take on a challenge I have something for you.

I’m participating in a 24 hour challenge that is explicitly designed to help you identify the things you’ve been tolerating and commit to fixing them. I know from experience you’ll be amazed by how much you can get done when you allocate time to doing it. So if you don’t want to be held back by these small inconveniences, which are restricting your growth and happiness, I encourage you to register for the challenge right now.

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