Who Sets Your Standards?


The armed forces contain some of the most disciplined people in the world. They have the ability to take an ordinary and mundane task and turn it into an art form.  Their shoes hold such a shine you can see your reflection in them. Their beds are made beautifully.  There have a daily regimen of physical training and eat only the healthiest of foods.  The military really does hold them accountable to high standards.


For some this is a  lifetime way of living even when they retire from the military.  For others however, when the get out of the service, their discipline begins to fade.  They put on a few extra pounds, the exercise slows to a halt, clothes appear sloppy, and their work ethic begins to slow.


Why is this true for some who are so disciplined and put together in the service and not when they get out?


The reason is they have become the direct reflection of their peer group’s expectations.

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6 thoughts on “Who Sets Your Standards?

  1. dlzb says:

    Thanks CH. That really spoke to me today. I’m in a place and at a time when my standards are slipping, mainly due to a marriage break-up. I have allowed everyone else to set standards, and I rise or fall accordingly. I need to find it within myself, especially at this time, to do it *for me*, even if no-one else notices or cares. Thanks again. Darren

  2. Darren, You sound very intelligent and looking at your webpage confirms my hunch.

    You know, we can even rise to high standards if we chose. We don’t have to limit our self to what we expect. We can hold our self accountable to what God expects. We are after all created in His image. Yes we may fall short, but that’s where grace comes in.

    Have a great Day!!!

  3. Jon says:

    I needed to hear this. I have been letting other people and other things set my standards. This ought not to be the case.

    Thanks for the thought provoking post.

  4. rwresinger says:

    Great post! I am going to “borrow” your phrase “direct reflection of their peer group’s expectations” it will help bring my teams focus back to themselves.

  5. Great post. This demonstrates that organizations can create standards of high expectations including ethical standards.

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