Your standards are the things that get done no matter what happens.
If your standard is to be on the Dean’s list every semester, you’ll figure it out.
If your standard is to pay the bills every month, you will find a stable way to do it. (don’t most of us do?)
Here is what’s interesting about standards:
- Standards are habitual in nature:
After a while of keeping your standard at a level, it becomes a second nature. Pushing further your standards is the challenge. Like is saving 1K per month AND paying the bills as well.
- Standards serve as level zero:
If everything goes wrong, your standards gets done! Standards depend heavily on our definition of who we are. We have that urge to fulfill our own mental image.
- Standards rely a lot on Social Proof:
We have the tendency to think we are OKAY as long as our standards meet the standards of those around us. If most of your peers earn 2K and you earn a half, you’ll be pushed to earn more because you will feel diminished.
- We all have standards whether we know them or not:
Look hard into your daily activities. Try to figure our what gets done daily and what doesn’t. What’s is a MUST to do? What’s is OKAY to slip past?
Raise the bar. Make new habits. Raise the bar again. Repeat.