May 26 - 2010
Some people have a religion that they adhere to (whether loosely or
strictly), others may have spiritual codes, ethics, or...
Do You Have Any Standards (Personal Standards)?
Some people have a religion that they adhere to (whether loosely or strictly), others may have spiritual codes, ethics, or philosophies that are important for them. Sure, any study of religion and ethics, philosophy or spirituality in general will point you toward standards and how you should live your life.
The above conversation is an important one. Everybody should be thinking about what is right and wrong and how they should live their lives and leave their legacy. But I'm about talk about something different: Personal Standards (PS).
Personal Standards are bold declarations and commitments that are self-appointed to specify how you're going to live your life (not in a moral sense -though your morals will guide your PS). These PS will guide and hold you clearly accountable as to what kind of man or woman you are (and have to be) in order to follow through with your commitment of how you want to live.
I'm going to write a second part on this so I can keep this post short -and know that I'm writing a book that will have a lot more to say about PS, but for now consider this: millions of dollars are spent to help people clarify their values whether they are children in school or C-suite executives -but here's the deal, knowing your values might feel good but do they really guide you to living out the life you want? Ahhh, no.
I've worked with thousands of individuals in helping trades who talk 'values' (from clients to coaches, school teachers to therapists) and ain't nobody gonna convince me that clarified values make for long-term achievement or fulfillment.
Values are nice, PS are better. What are your Personal Standards?
Be Good-Don't Compromise,