390 - Set the Bar Higher

Posted February 4, 2022 by Mark Perna

Episode: 390

Episode Title: Set the Bar Higher

Young people can achieve more—if we dare to set the bar higher for them. Let’s talk about what that means, coming up next on The Perna Syndicate.

 

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You’re now in The Perna Syndicate—and it’s great to have you! One important thing to remember as we talk about the younger generations (and really all generations) is that people tend to live up to the expectations that are placed on them. 

 

And I don’t just mean high expectations. People also tend to meet low expectations if that’s where the bar is set. Low expectations discourage people right from the start. I mean, if you don’t believe they’re capable of achieving much, why should they? There are always exceptions, of course, people who take low expectations as a direct challenge to achieve more. But in general, low expectations lead to low performance. It’s just how human nature works. 

 

High expectations, on the other hand, can have the opposite effect. Holding high expectations for someone tells them that, number one, you believe they are capable of performing at a high level and number two, you’re rooting for them to do it.

 

Of course, high expectations need to come with an equally high level of support. It’s not that you’re completing the task for the person, but you’re setting them up for success.

 

Don’t be afraid to raise your expectations for your kids, your students, and your employees. Take that chance on them. Set the bar higher, communicate that standard clearly, provide what they need to meet the goal—and watch them reach for it. 

 

Thanks for being part of The Perna Syndicate this week. Don’t miss my channel at Forbes.com where I write weekly about education, the workforce, and how to succeed in a fast-changing world. See you back here next week on The Perna Syndicate!


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