The Dangers of Settling

Do you settle for less? It doesn’t matter what you settle for or when you do it, it can begin a pattern where your expectations and standards slip, and you’re not even aware that it’s happening.

This is an observable pattern. If your employees see you settling, the behavior can be contagious. I know managers who say, “just this time” and before they know it, they’re doing it all the time.

Settling is a starting point that can prevent excellence and achievement from happening. In addition to setting a bad example for your staff, over time morale can slip and negativity can creep into the environment.

Settling can downsize your future before it even gets started.

How can you prevent settling? First, be aware of what provokes it. Know your triggers and prepare to combat them what they surface. Often people succumb to settling when they are tired, overwhelmed, or feeling especially impatient, so think about what prompts you to do so.

Second, remember your “why”. Why is it important for you to strive for excellence in a particular situation rather than settling? When you have clarity about why, it’s easier to intercept settling from happening.

Next, reinforce your attitude of excellence. This mindset acts as an antidote to settling. By being aware, you can enhance excellence and diminish those factors that get in the way.

No one likes to think that they settle for less, so remember that its impact multiplies when you’re the leader and your people mimic your behavior. If you tend to settle, reverse the pattern, try these tips, and get back on the track of greater success.

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