This was a question that took me many years to answer. A long time ago when I was younger, of course, I did not have any standards. And if I did, they were quite low or mediocre. It was not until I saw a sermon on television which demonstrated how to create abundance. The sermon revealed numerous things that I as an individual needed to complete in order to succeed in life. From hearing this new information, I decided to create new standards for myself.
1. First, I examined my surroundings. I thought about how my environment should reflect my personality and what I desired in life. Mainly, I wanted my environment to represent the new me or the true me. So, I envisioned how I wanted my home to look and immediately began working on correcting the mess that was surrounding me.
2. I know that I have conversed about organization and starting where you spend the most time. I started organizing and redesigning my bedroom. This was a new concept for me, so I needed a little help. I researched several magazines and watched redesigning shows to collect ideas. Once I had my plan together, I diligently worked to restructure my bedroom to how I wanted it to be.
I know that I have mentioned this before and I'll say it again, "start out in the room that you spend the most time in and if you want to learn how to set a standard then look at everything in the room and actually write down all of the things that you want to change." After some time of correcting those deficiencies, changes will eventually transpose not only into other aspects of life, but you will start to see a difference in yourself. Some of these differences may be in your finances, work, home life or relationships.
3. It's amazing how mastering something small can enable someone to set better standards for whatever is desired in life. What I mean is, years ago when I had very low standards for myself and really wasn't asking for much of life, I started out by cleaning up my surroundings. I wanted a promotion at work and I wasn't getting interviews nor opportunities for growth. I felt that I needed to grow, but didn't know how. I felt that if I sat down, and drew out a plan or strategy, sooner or later I could obtain a victory.
Each inch of my bedroom I cleaned and thoroughly organized. That action and motivation transposed into my clothes and how I saw myself. When I opened my underwear drawer, I saw underwear that was worn, or torn, outdated, contained pieces that had stretched elastic, and faded materials. I was disturbed that I had held onto these undergarments for so long, so I threw them away.
My next step was to purchase all new good quality underwear. When I had an adequate collection, I moved onto socks, pants, bra's , shoes and so on. My whole outlook on life changed, and I felt different. I wanted better things in life and also wanted a better job than what I was planning to apply for.
What I wanted in general, was something greater. I knew that I could not settle for just anything. I knew what I wanted and I went for it. I no longer saw myself as mediocre. All of my past insecurities melted away.
Looking back, setting standards started out with seeing how my room was chaotic and unfitting to be in. And because, over time, I saw that it was clean and I could think clearly, I began to desire nicer things in my life. I was no longer afraid of lack, mediocrity or change. I deserved good quality, abundance, prosperity and a clean environment.
In Philippians 4:19 of the New International Version (NIV) Bible it reads, "And my God will meet all of your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus." In other words, God will provide for your needs, whether it is clothes, food, employment, a raise, finances, or a spouse. He will provide. So, don't be afraid to set standards for yourself. Get up and stand for something good and prosperous in your life and know that you will be successful if you do not give up.
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Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION® (NIV)