Raising Your Baseline
Play • 1 hr 7 min

Welcome to the Inner Archeology Podcast! During today’s conversation, we discuss the life-changing power of raising your baselines, through creating new norms in your day-to-day life. We both believe that your life is made by the tiny choices you make every day, compounding the changes you make into one exponential curve towards the life you want. It’s so important to show up even when shit is hard! Sometimes things will feel off, and we believe that’s the time to get specific about what the main problems are, to empower yourself to make the necessary changes. It’s okay to focus on one thing at a time, and we explore how to do that during today’s conversation. Some of these concepts came to us through reading The Slight Edge, including the fact that most people make an effort to change until the discomfort has been alleviated, and then fall back into old ways of being. We discuss course correcting, another concept from the book, and talk about dividing up goals into bite-sized pieces to avoid getting overwhelmed. Join us for a motivating conversation full of tools you can implement immediately to begin to enact real change in your life. Thank you for tuning in! 


Key Points From This Episode:

  • An introduction to today’s topic: raising your baselines.
  • What is meant by raising your baselines and creating new norms in your day-to-day.
  • How, when you make these changes to your autopilot, you forget what it was like before.
  • Why your life is made by the tiny choices you make every
  • Why the idea of the Quantum Leap can be really harmful.
  • The Compound Effect: making changes to your life to create an exponential curve.
  • Why it is so important to show up even when shit is hard.
  • Why it is important to distill a general feeling that something is off into the main problems.
  • Why the urge to change everything is a sure sign that you need to get specific about what to change.
  • Focusing on one thing at a time, and committing to having a new standard for yourself.
  • How the Slight Edge describes how most people make an effort and then stop.
  • Drawing solutions to the problem into your conscious mind and separating problems from self-loathing.
  • Course correcting and focusing on solving problems instead of beating yourself up.
  • Why it is so helpful to divide up your goals into bite-sized pieces.
  • How judgments often come from other people’s values and not our own.
  • Why, at the end of the day, you just have to figure out what works for you.
  • How guilt and self-loathing are strongly based on what we believe makes a good human.
  • Why tough love is not always the answer when it comes to motivating yourself.
  • Why things get easier when you start to raise your baselines.
  • Operating from a place of defeat and not separating yourself from the emotional piece of making a change.
  • The two hardest things that Sarah has ever done: getting divorced and quitting drinking.
  • The gift that comes out of the Dark Night of the Soul: faith in yourself.
  • Why self-trust is the number one thing Sarah wants to cultivate in her children.
  • An affirmation: my problems are not unique, everyone has survived and thrived what I’m going through, the answers are out there, I just have to be open and willing to receive them.


Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Inner Archaeology on Patreon

Atomic Habits on Amazon

The Slight Edge on Amazon

Inner Archeology Email

Sarah Turner on Instagram

Emily Pennystone on Instagram

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