The Beginner's Guide to Raising Your Standards
What are Standards?
Your personal standards refer to the behaviour and actions you are willing to hold yourself to. They are the way in which you have chosen to behave, and the higher your standards, the better your life.
The Benefits of Raising Your Standards
When you have high standards you…
- feel very good about yourself and others.
- become irresistibly attractive to high quality people.
- don’t even get near people or situations that cause problems.
Your Self-esteem and Self-worth increase
- Living your life according to a set of standards you admire and respect is one of the fastest ways to improve your self-worth and self-esteem – and it’s the most sustainable.
High standards help you get your needs met.
- Standards are based on values, so when your standards are high you also have values that inspire you.
- When you are inspired by your values and acting consistently with them via your standards, your needs will be fulfilled almost automatically.
Stuff you don’t want stops coming into your life.
- As you attract more of what you do want, the stuff you don’t want falls by the wayside.
You tolerate less..instinctively.
What are some examples of standards?
Key Points about Standards
- Being unconditionally constructive with everything you say or do with another.
- Being fully responsible for everything (good or bad) that happens around you.
- When given the choice of being right or being kind, be kind.
- Maintaining a reserve that gives you peace.
- Telling the truth, even if there is a consequence.
- Putting people ahead of results.
- Paying your bills on time.
- Personal standards are a choice.
- There are different levels of standards.
- Standards are what YOU set for yourself.
- Standards are not affirmations.
The First Step in Raising Your Standards
There are 5 steps to raising your standards and the first is called Clean Sweep. The Clean Sweep Program consists of 100 items which, when completed, give you the vitality and strength you want. You have more natural energy when you are clear with your environment, health and emotional balance, money and relationships.
Where to start
Start the Clean Sweep program and try to get 5-15 points. This will give you a burst of energy and a reference base for successfully raising your standards. You can then decide what area you would like to work on next and challenge yourself with a new points score for 30, 60 or 90 days from now. Don’t feel pressured to rush it. It’s more important to gradually work on increasing your points total. Please note that there may be some areas that you will never check off…and that’s ok as long as they are not causing you to be distracted or feel incomplete.
This week’s worksheet for my e-zine Brain Food Friday readers walks you through Step One of the 5 Steps. If you want to receive access to my weekly worksheets, sign up to receive my weekly blog in your inbox by clicking on the round green “click here” button. You’ll start receiving Brain Food Friday in your inbox each Friday along with a link to that week’s worksheet starting next week.