The French Philosopher Blaise Pascal once said, “If you treat a human being as they are, they will remain the same. Treat them as what they can become, and they will become what they can become.”
When you’re out and you look around you, do you see people who expect a lot from themselves or people who do the bare minimum? Maybe you see people who do even less than the bare minimum. Do you see people who take responsibility for themselves? Because anymore, I don’t.
Go to google and search “do we expect too little from ourselves” I’ll wait……
Interesting huh? That was the first thing I googled while researching for this article. You can’t even ask google if you should expect more out of yourself without it giving you a hundred articles about how “you’re expecting too much of yourself” or a million reasons why it’s ok to be a pile of shit.
So, do we expect too little from ourselves? In a word, YES.
I mean, that google search should have told you everything you wanted to know. We live in a culture full of wimps, layabouts, and ne’er-do-wells. People who have set the bar of achievement so low that they can’t even seem to find the gumption to run a comb through their hair, or get out of their bedclothes to go to the fucking store.
How did this happen? Did I miss a meeting? Are we so lazy that getting dressed and looking put together has become such a chore that we can’t even be bothered?
Look at our society as a whole. We coddle and placate to everyone. Nobody can be put out of sorts or made to feel uncomfortable anymore. I guess we’re just accepting anything and everything now. Not only that, but nothing is our fault anymore either.
(or am I the only one who’s noticed that?)
“Hey, sorry I’m an asshole. I can’t help it I’m a Capricorn”
“It’s not my fault I had a bad childhood”
“I can’t lose the weight it’s genetics”
“I want to do X, Y,& Z but I just can’t seem to find the time”
“That works for him, but it would never work for me”
Blah, blah, blah, (insert jerk off motion here) We’ve heard them all a thousand times.
People take absolutely zero responsibility for themselves or their actions anymore. It’s all a giant blame game that has gone on for far too long. Take for instance the recent events in America. NOBODY is taking responsibility for their actions. Not the police, not the BLM movement, not these Antifa people, not the mayors or city officials, not the police unions, not our nation’s leaders, NOBODY.
Everyone is so busy walking around patting themselves on the back anymore for all the good they’re doing, that they’ve turned a blind eye to all the harm their causing. It’s great too want to stop bullying or body shaming, or to stop harassment and miss a treatment, and whatever else, but at what cost? When is it time to tell a kid to toughen up or tell an obese person they need to lose some weight?
We know that in real life is tough and full of bully’s and we need to learn to stand up for ourselves. We know that no human being should weigh 400lbs. When is it time to tell someone that your boss being stern with you isn’t harassment. This isn’t ludicrousness, it’s the truth. So why do we ignore it? Why do we allow the worst of us to set the bar?
It would seem (or at least it does to me) that the world is deteriorating at an alarming rate simply because everyone lacks self-responsibility and accountability. We live in a country where we are free to do as we please but that freedom comes at a cost, and that cost is bearing the consequences of your actions and being responsible for yourself. Far too often it seems that we forget this.
It’s no wonder our mayors and government officials lack the capacity to lead us. We have gone on for so long expecting so little of ourselves that it’s entirely possible that there are no great leaders left. Even if there where they would most likely never step up to the plate for fear of being ostracized and shouted down for expecting too much of us. Or perhaps nobody aspires to be great anymore because nobody expects them to be. How, or why would they when at every turn they’re told not to be; for fear of hurting someone’s feelings or making others feel “not special” or included.
Now let’s cut the bullshit for a second. We all know that we have expectations for ourselves and our lives, so why not set your expectations high? This will help you to drive your performance & self-improvement. If you believe you can achieve something, you should accept nothing but accomplishment. Don’t settle for “good enough” you must push yourself to work at a higher level. Understand that success is never easy and move beyond your comfort zone. Set your expectations early and celebrate the little victories. This will build confidence to keep pushing. Lastly, learn to be proud of yourself and your accomplishments.
After all, isn’t it well beyond time that we started expecting more from ourselves for the simple fact that once we do, we can begin to expect more from those around us?
Written by: J. M. Shoemaker
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