"The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway".
       ~ Henry Boye

Hello everyone….Welcome to another discussion of wisdom hall. Where today’s topic will be on,” standards”.

As we have all experienced, maintaining standards can often be a consistent work in progress. I can promise you that your standards will sometimes be challenged.

Some may challenge the integrity of your standards, while others may challenge its longevity.

For you to be challenged and yet still continue to progress through the enduring standards placed upon you by others is a true achievement and an example of demonstrating a true trait of leadership.

In researching the definition of the word “standards” I found the meaning to be one of:

     • An established or well-known model of authority or excellence
     • A reference point against which other things can be evaluated
     • The ideal in terms of which something can be judged
     • An action that is commonly used or supplied

If you were to ask yourself, “what experiences in my life contributed to creating my standards”? You would find that in its creation there exist no secrets.

Standards are created when the experiences in your life either meet or fail your expectations. Even failures set a bar in your life. What I mean by this is that failure often equals pain and pain creates resistance. In resistance you will create your standards, because you will decide that pain has a minimal place in the life of a leader.

You are the keeper of your standards and the leader of your limits. Though others may challenge your standards, no one can lower your standards without your consent. Whether it is by force or suggestion, change in your standards will always require your acceptance.

People may encourage you to lower your standards to their level of belief. There are many people of my past that collapsed their own standards to fit into a peer group or an association with people that they considered to be popular or maybe even more powerful. They didn’t realize that their strength was in the acceptance, not in the person that was encouraging the change in their standards. Through their need for acceptance in these groups, many of them sacrificed their future. Instead of them progressing through life’s challenges, they were imprisoned by the standards of others.

Though others may think that they have your best interest at hand, they are sometimes wrong. The power to encourage your standards, exist within you, not outside of you.

When I think of what standards means to me, two quotes come to mind.

The first is by Bryan Tracy, a bestselling author and professional speaker in personal and professional achievement. In his quote he states: “You can become an even more excellent person by constantly setting higher and higher standards for yourself and then by doing everything possible to live up to those standards.”

I enjoy this quote because it empowers people with their own limitations. Always remember that in developing the limits of your standards, you are the ceiling of your own limitations. Therefore your opportunity is limitless. It’s like counting the stars on bright and clear night. There is no distance too far and no idea too bright in the development of value within your standards.

The second quote is by Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonalds. In his quote he states:
“The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards that they set for themselves.”

This quote represents the standards that Ray Kroc implemented to build his McDonalds dynasty.
His insistency that all McDonalds franchises meet the quality and professional standards expected and deserving of their customers, set a competitive standard for all of the fast food franchises around the world. Though Ray Kroc new that this would not be a simple or easy standard to development, he was committed to the value of his ideas. In return he developed the most successful franchise chain in the world.

This is why I believe that your standards encourage integrity and action in your life. Through integrity and action you will often find the measurements of your life. Though sometimes, throughout the development of your standards, you may feel as though life is yelling at you. We should always remember that in the development stage of your standards, silence stiffens progress. So in the yelling, listen for the whispers, because sometimes life speaks to us in very low tones, through very high volumes. We have to listen to those whispers and take action before those whispers become signals and the signals become challenges and the challenges become problems. Even though in challenges, we build endurance. Endurance is not always your best friend. Always follow your whispers.

Even though, sometimes the amount of whispers that we hear in our lives may confuse us, while often overwhelming us. I still believe that a whisper is the wisdom of your conscience speaking to you. No one will hear the same exact whisper that you do, nor at the same exact time. So Trust yourself. Because within yourself you will find that you already have what you need to listen, learn and create within life’s lessons…..
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