If you set high personal standards for yourself those will force a major impact on your personal growth, and will help you to live up to your potential day after day. The reality is that it is really very simple to execute as only you can live upto the standards you set for yourself.
Setting high standards would entail the framing of statements of how you would like to live your life. It should specify the behaviours that you would like to follow and achieve your targets.
In order to raise the quality of your life you need to raise the bar and set higher standards for yourself to achieve. It is only when you get into the habit of continuously setting new and higher standards for things you do that you will elevate your pattern of behavior to higher levels and be able to hold yourself accountable to them. The standards that you set can be about your work ethics, self-development, work-life balance, health, relationships, or just about any area of life that you wish to focus on and improve.
Those who have low standards, don’t realize it because whatever standards they have set for themselves and are living seem normal to them. In other words they do not know anything better and thereby think they are doing the best. Therefore realizing that you can improve and do better and different things maybe initially uncomfortable. You may have a feeling of being cheated because you did not do what could have been done by you with your existing caliber level. This could result in a negative spiral causing your self-esteem to drop and the wheel goes round and round.
On the other hand, those people, who set high standards feel very good about themselves. Not only do they live their lives at a higher level, they recognize the fact that we can all be winners, if we want to. As such they naturally interact with other people who are also holding high standards and they normally keep away from negative people who are not performing at the same level as themselves .
If you have never formally listed what your personal goals and objectives in life are, you should make a start by taking some time to do so first. By clearly defining your goals and ideal behaviors, you define a clear path for yourself to follow and achieve. Remember that you will need to refer to your list frequently to keep on track and remind yourself what you are aiming to achieve.
Thereafter working towards what in your mind is your ultimate goal becomes that much easier. You can focus on the set standards and move forward with a positivity and respect for striving to reach the difficult goals. Having respect for yourself will not only make it easier for you to take any difficult decisions which may be required to push yourself forward to achieving the goals set but will also give you the motivation to do so.
So, not only set high standards for yourself but also pursue your goals with full zest and vigour – always keeping in mind that you need to respect yourself for achieving your goals.
“The starting point of maturity is the realization that no one is coming to the rescue. Everything you are or ever will be is entirely up to you.”~ Brian Tracy
I believe the real catch is ” It is only when you get into the habit of continuously setting new and higher standards for things you do that you will elevate your pattern of behavior to higher levels and be able to hold yourself accountable to them”. So you must continue to invest in creating a minimum acceptable bar for yourself in all spheres of life till it become your own brand.
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