If you have not already guessed, there is a huge difference between setting high standards for yourself and setting impossible ones. Many people who have had parents who set nearly impossible goals that they had to reach when they were children have the hardest time with this because they will in turn set impossible standards of living and looks for themselves. They cannot help it; it is what they wereraised and what they were trained to do. But at the same time, setting low standards for yourself is on the opposite end of the spectrum and is not recommended either.There is a real importance to setting high standards for yourself, ones that you live by and ones that will help you in all aspects of life.
When you are able to reach these high standards, it is a real morale and self-esteem booster, knowing that you are able to attain the goals you wanted to. However, be careful you do not set standards for yourself that end up being too much to handle or completely impossible to attain because you will lose self-esteem when you cannot live up to them. The same happens when standards are set too low because you will not feel like you can accomplish anything more than what you have done already. This is how I think of it: expecting more out of yourself makes you reach for the stars, but if you are trying to reach Saturn, you are stretching yourself too far and if you are stretching for your remote control, it is time to get off the couch and do something.
To live up to your own high standards, take it one step at a time. Life is in most cases long and therefore youshould have time on your side to reach them. Middle standards are just everyday, run-of-the-mill tasks, in my opinion, and they make wonderful stepping stones to lift yourself off of the ground to attain those goals in the sky.
Do not let anybody or anything ruin your dreams or your efforts to attain your own high standards. It does not matter what others think of your standards, morals, or ethics; do not let our corrupt and judgemental society vex your true calling. The only one who can fail is you; you make your own decisions and you must be your own person.
As long as your goals are not unreasonably high or depressingly low, you will live a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life. Reaching for the stars and setting high standards is the first way to achieve your dreams, and therefore, do not waste any opportunity that crosses your path. Remember, everything happens for a reason, and obstacles are never too large that you cannot pass them. Sometimes, you may need to adjust your standards a tad to adapt to certain situations, but eventually you will be where you want to be just by basically setting them in stone. There is no reason to aim too high or too low; living life is all about being able to accomplish one's own tasks. Now after reading this, it is time for you to set your own standards to fulfill your own dreams. Without parameters and a path to make it up there, you will just be another member of society, going down in history as another footnote.