Everyone has three sets of standards imposed on them: their own, their associates’, and their strangers’ standards. Of each of these sets, yours are the only ones that have the experience of your life behind them in its’ full purity. Everyone else’s standards imposed, for better or worse, are filtered through one or many people before it ever makes its’ way to you.
This is part two of Sensus Plenior, start here.
Empathy, when applied to others’ actions, helps us understand what they actually mean – the idea behind their actions. The idea behind the standard, however, might reveal any number of things, such as repercussions that we’d rather avoid. Maybe the intention is good but the strategy is bad? Maybe a strategy is good, but a person’s mindset is bad?
If we set no standards for ourselves, there’s little choice other than to compromise to someone else’s standards. Standards set without a follow through on action is like plotting a course on a map while traveling another route. We become aware of the places we can go, but we’ll never actually go there until after we act on it.
A standard of action is an excellent thing to possess. A standard following a map that’s outdated may harbor a positive habit, even when the standard no longer serves us.
What standards do you currently hold for yourself? Where do you want to go from here? Are you totally content with the standards you’re holding yourself to in this moment?
Considering word choice for ‘goals’ is useful for standards since they continue when goals end.
Consider painting a picture for your standards with ends goals.