Do you ever wonder what separates the highest achievers from everyone else?
However, there is something else that’s also of paramount importance. And that ‘something’ comes down to the personal standards you set for yourself and for your life.
Personal standards are mostly a set of behaviors that we choose to consistently indulge in.
These behaviors are built upon expectations you have of yourself in a variety of situations. They are in some respects performance standards. In other words, they lay down the benchmarks of performance for your life.
How to Recognize Your Personal Standards
Your personal standards are reflected in how you treat yourself and in how you treat others. What’s more, they are also reflected in how you expect to be treated by other people.
When you have high standards, you expect to be treated with the highest regard. However, when your standards are low, you will often accept things how they are. Furthermore, you may even allow others to walk all over you, which is a clear indication that you’re struggling with low self-esteem.
When you have low standards, you will often fall prey to other people’s influence. This happens because you fail to stand up for yourself — you fail to stand up for your principles and beliefs.
Your personal standards are, of course, intricately intertwined with your level of self-esteem. Therefore, to raise your self-esteem requires first raising your personal standards.
Your personal standards are also reflected in the promises you keep, in the way you dress and manage your life, health, finances, and environment.
Your personal standards are reflected in the quality of your work, values, and communication. In fact, everything you do and say provides others with insight into the personal standards you keep.
If for instance, your work or home environment is messy and disorganized, then that reflects the standards you uphold in this area of your life.
On the other hand, when your environment is clean and orderly, that sends an entirely different message about the personal standards you live by.
Did you know that within the first seconds of meeting you, a person will often create a story about you in their imagination based on the way you dress, communicate, and move your body?
All this provides them with a ballpark indication of the types of standards you consistently uphold.
If for any reason this person senses that you live by a low set of standards, then they will modify their behavior and judge you accordingly. On the other hand, if they sense that you hold high standards, then you are more likely to win their respect and admiration.
Because your personal standards are reflected in so many areas of your life, they are, therefore, always “on show” for the public.
With that in mind, it’s important to note that you are always sending subliminal messages about how you feel about yourself, others, circumstances, and life — whether you’re consciously aware of it or not.And sadly, you are constantly being judged by other people based on those messages.
Every day I reflect on the need to change my standards and thinking .. It definitely effects the way the world see ME.. Will you give it a try like me?
Let’s change together for the better..