7 Hacks To Never Settle For Less (+Why You Shouldn’t Settle)

Updated On: December 24, 2022

Are you tired of consistently settling for less than you deserve? Here’s why you shouldn’t settle for less and how to never settle for less ever again!


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Answer this honestly – Do you chase your goals until you get “what you exactly want,” or Do you stop chasing them when you get something “good enough” as an outcome?

If you accept something “good enough” rather than striving for the best, you’re stuck into the habit of settling for less.

You may haven’t realized it yet, but this single habit of “settling for less” is keeping you away from turning your wildest dreams into a reality.

So, what can you do? How can you snatch the best things from life?

You just need to learn how to never settle for less!

In this post, I’ll tell you the in-depth meaning of the term “never settle for less.” Further, I’ll share five reasons why you shouldn’t settle for less and how to never settle for less in your life ever again.

Let’s dive right into it.

What Does Never Settle for Less Mean?

“Never settle for less” means always striving to improve and do better until you get what you want, what you deserve, or what’s the best. There’s no stop until you reach your goal.

Getting complacent and settling into your comfort zone is easy, but comfort zones don’t lead to growth or progress. In order to achieve your best, you need to push yourself to strive for more.

Never settling for less doesn’t mean that you should strive for perfection – that’s an unattainable goal. Instead, it means always trying to be the best you can be and never giving up on yourself.

5 Deep Reasons Why You Should Never Settle for Less

1. Settling for Less Begets Regrets.

Settling for less begets regrets

“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.” 

~Gerard Way

You won’t see the ill effects of settling for less today, but in the long run, they’ll start to appear and consume you!

It’s easy to convince yourself that you don’t have enough time, money, or energy to chase your dreams. You tell yourself that it isn’t worth the risk. And settle for a life that’s less than you’re capable of living.

Everything feels “okay” in the present moment, and you move on.

But now comes the twist!

When you look back on your life after a few years, you realize how extraordinary it could’ve been if you had chased your dream. You wonder about the things you wanted to do but never had the chance to. You think about the relationships you could have had but never took the chance on.

What happens in the end?

You feel overwhelmed with regrets. Regrets that you accepted to settle for less than the best. Regrets that you never dared to change your life.

If you want to live free from such deadly regrets in the future, never settle for less.  

2. You Don’t Get What You Truly Deserve.

How much have you said this statement to yourself: “It could’ve been better, but it’s okay?”

If you often settle for less, you would’ve literally lost the count.

More often than not, you fake yourself that you’re happy with a mediocre job, a lackluster relationship, or a subpar lifestyle because it’s comfortable to accept it.

But you know what?

Settling for less than you deserve is a huge disservice to yourself!

You miss out on the opportunity to be internally joyful, have a fulfilling career, and be in a relationship that makes you feel loved and supported.

If you’ve missed out on such amazing things in life, Have you truly lived?

3. Your Dreams Remains Unfulfilled.

Whenever you start working on something new, there’s a dream in place, Right?

Being a hard-working person, you work day and night, but as soon as you realize that you’ve accomplished your dream to some extent, you stop because of your habit of settling for less.

So, in the end, do you actually live your dream?

Obviously, not! You kill it because of your habit of being content with less than the best. 

If you truly want to live every dream you’ve seen, never settle for less. 

4. It Leads to Self-Doubt.

Settling for less leads to self doubt

Self-doubt is that nagging voice in the back of your head that tells you you’re not good enough, that you’ll never amount to anything, that you should just give up.

Self-doubt is a liar. It’s the enemy of your dreams and your happiness. And it starts to sweep when you settle for less.

Settling is giving up on yourself, and it’s the first step on the road to self-doubt. You might ignore self-depleting thoughts once or twice, but over time, they start affecting you.

Before you try something new, thoughts like “I won’t be able to achieve what I want” develop in your mind. These thoughts sometimes hold you from taking action because you don’t believe yourself.

Never settle for less if you don’t want self-doubt to bother you.

5. You Never Get To Know Your True Potential.

Have you ever felt like you’re not reaching your true potential?

If yes, it may be because you are content with settling for less.

Think about it. If you’re constantly settling for the bare minimum, you’re not testing your limits and pushing yourself to be better. You’re not striving for excellence. Hence, you’ll never achieve your true potential.

Don’t settle for less. Shoot for the stars and see how far you can go. I am damn sure you would surprise yourself.

How To Never Settle For Less: 7 Hacks To Get What You Deserve!

1. Raise Your Hunger.

As I told you before, “never settle for less” means you don’t settle until you get the best.

But are you really aware of what’s best for you?

Often, our mind creates goals that are easy and comfortable to reach. So, even when you achieve those goals, you feel like you’re settling for less because you don’t get insane outcomes.

So, what’s the fix?

Don’t set an ultimate goal until it doesn’t scare the hell out of you!

Open yourself to new perceptions in life. Explore things that only ultra-successful people are doing.

Be hungrier when creating milestones for yourself. Those milestones may seem impossible to achieve, but they’re the only ones leading to extraordinary outcomes.

Hunt for the “real” best, mate. Something that no one else has ever thought of!  

2. Switch to the Driver Seat.

To never settle for less, switch to the driver seat in life and control your life

When we’re young, our parents tell us to be patient because things will happen when they’re supposed to. 

So, some people keep waiting for their life to improve and for things to fall in place automatically.

What’s the result?
They settle for less, keep waiting for the best, and boom! Nothing happens. 

To never settle for less, you need to realize that patience isn’t enough. You need to become the controller of your life and destiny.

That means being proactive instead of reactive. It means taking responsibility for your actions and making “smart” decisions.

If you hate your job, kick it and find a new one. There are a hell lot of people out there waiting to hire you. 

If your partner sucks and your relationship is toxic, search for someone who loves you. Maybe try looking for a unicorn man through dating with a purpose.

Stop blaming everyone out there for your pathetic situation. Be responsible for everything in your life. Instead of waiting for the right moment to act, seize every opportunity to improve yourself. Don’t let anyone hold you back.

3. Fall in Love With Failures.

Most of us were taught since childhood that failure is something to be avoided at all costs. We were taught that it’s embarrassing, that it means we’re not good enough, and that it’s something that we should hide at all costs.

But, here’s the fact – “Failures are inevitable in the journey to achieving greatness.”

Too often, you allow your failures to define you. You see them as a permanent stain on your character that you can’t erase. So, while trying to achieve success, you avoid taking chances that may lead to failure. Hence, you often end up settling for less.

But what if you flipped the script? What if you fell in love with failures?

You won’t miss out on any opportunity in life! Further, you will never settle for less until you grab what you want.

So, how to accept failures comfortably? 

I’ll give you the answer.

It’s a fact that humans learn lessons the hard way. 

What if you saw failures as valuable learning experiences that made you powerful and more resilient? What if you embraced them as a necessary part of the journey to success?

Just imagine. Would the success journey be thrilling and exciting if there were no failures? Would you value success when you get it?

Obviously, not!

When you fall in love with failures, you no longer see them as a roadblock. You see them as stepping stones. You see them as proof that you’re moving in the right direction.

Each time you fail, you’re one step closer to success.   

4. Stop Spoiling Yourself.

Stop spoiling yourself

Your “self-limiting beliefs” could be the most significant reason behind settling for less.

If you constantly tell yourself that you can’t get something, you won’t get it! If you believe your goals are hard to achieve, you won’t make any move to accomplish them.

Once you tell yourself it’s okay to settle for less because completing the entire success journey is harsh and painful, you would settle for what’s easy to get and lies in front of you.

You need to stop spoiling yourself. You must accept to get out of your comfort zone, try things, fail multiple times, and keep going.

The best way to overcome self-limiting beliefs is to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.

When you notice yourself thinking negatively, pause and ask yourself this question: What would happen if I didn’t believe this thought? Would life be better? 

Would I be happier? Would I feel more confident?

This simple exercise helps you identify whether your negative thoughts actually serve a purpose. If not, you can change them to positive ones.

Another excellent method to remove negative thoughts is to use positive affirmations. Affirmations are statements that help you create a new reality.

Here’s an example: “I live outside my comfort zone because I never want to settle for less.”

By saying such statements over and over again, you begin to believe them.

5. Get Rid of Your “Mediocre” Mentality.

It is a fact that 95% of the people around you are simply into a rat race. They don’t have any definition of success! They don’t have any goals, and they are living their life just for the “sake” of living.

So, can you expect to learn how to be exceptional from such people with mediocre mindsets?

Obviously, not! They would only teach you how to accept less in life.

But if you want to never settle for less, you need to get over the “mediocre” mentality. You have to rewire your brain so that you can actually strive for the best!

One of the best ways to get rid of a mediocre mentality is to start thinking for yourself and question everything that people forced you to believe.

Why do you believe what you believe? 
Is it because it’s what society told you, or because you’ve actually thought about it and decided it’s true?

For example, society tells us to get a job before jumping into entrepreneurship, right?

Think about it. Didn’t anyone create a successful business without getting a job?

A lot of people did. There are countless examples of successful entrepreneurs like Elon Musk; that created history even after being rejected from jobs.  

Dig deep and start questioning everything. Once you start doing this, you’ll be surprised at how much of what you believe is actually based on mediocrity. Once you start seeing things from a new, more critical perspective, you’ll realize just how much room there is for improvement in your life.

6. Don’t Just Talk. Show That You Deserve the Best.

Don't just talk. Show that you deserve the best.

A lot of people speak of becoming successful. If you ask the people what they want to do, you’ll hear them building massive dream castles.

But those massive dream castles never turn into a reality! In the end, they settle for less.

So, what’s the problem? If they have dreams, why don’t their dreams come true?

It’s because there’s no action involved to get those dreams. It’s easy to blabber about what you want to do, but it’s much harder actually to do it.

If you want to never settle for less, don’t just sit around and dream about what you want to do. Get out there and do it

Show the world that you’re a force to be reckoned with. 

Stop making excuses and take massive steps towards your goals. Change your company, and start spending time with people doing wonders in their field. Have a disciplined routine where you work consistently.

Let your actions speak for themselves, and you’ll soon find that you’re never settling for less. 

7. Compete With Your Idols.

Do you have a role model?

If yes, well and good. If not, search for someone exceptional in your field and make him your role model.

Now you may wonder: What is the connection between “role model” and “settling for less?”

Here’s the answer:-
It’s easy to get exhausted and demotivated while working to achieve the best, which leads to settling for less. However, if you have someone to look up to, you don’t stop until you reach your goal.

The best part is, if you turn your idols into a competitor, defeat their work ethic, figure out their loopholes and become relatively better, you never settle for less and automatically get what you want.  

End of the Line

You’ll face many people on the way to reaching the top who would tell you to chill out and settle for what you have. They will suggest you to stop stressing out over your goals.

Don’t dare listen to such people or let them bring you down. They don’t have any hint about the massive fire burning inside you. They don’t know you’ve decided to break out from the chains of mediocrity and become extraordinary.

You’ve got one life, mate. It’s time to start fighting for what you want in life and stop settling for less. Go out and get what you deserve!

Make your life a memorable one.

I’m with you.



Varun Pahwa

Varun Pahwa

Hi! I am Varun. I created Uprisehigh for you to share your life story & get answers to all your life problems. As your best friend, I’m committed to inspire you, simplify your life, and help you grow. Let’s stick together on this beautiful life journey, mate!


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