No destination              
No plan                       
No way to get there


Note:  Do the very opposite of this, and do it well, as you life depends on it!


CONTENTS

Primary importance
The order:  Values, standards, rules
What does setting standards get me?
How do I set standards?
Forms for identifying your values
Forms for setting your standards and rules
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Start at the top:

WHAT I WANT
↓  ↑
VALUES
(Biggest, core, "derivative")
↓  ↑
STANDARDS
(Criteria levels for action for that which gets me my values.)
↓  ↑
RULES
To implement the standards
↓  ↑
PROCEDURES
(Ways to get things done, including checklists


PRIMARY IMPORTANCE

Like a teenager first contemplating sex, the standards and rules must be set first and be made clear or the temptation and feelings of the moment will rule. 

So it is with life, without a standard and without careful thought, we drift through life living on whim or by temptation or just taking the seemingly easiest path.  What we want to do here is have you take the "best" path for you, for your happiness and satisfaction with life.

Instead of living in "the drift" (or becoming the gradually boiling frog in life), it is important to "steer" yourself by setting standards and rules now, one's that fit your values and what you want in life.  We want to create them we are in our thinking and objective mind, as the quality and effectiveness can only be derived from higher level reasoning and perspective.   We want to create an incredibly strong foundation for running one's life


LET ME BE CLEAR ON WHY TO DO THIS!

We want great results in life.  Great results are those we value.  But we cannot get that which we value unless we have a good means to assure that we do that.  Our standards set the level at which we choose to function in each area and in life - they are a vital decision that determines the quality level you have in life.  But we cannot reach those quality levels that we have decided on if we don't set rules that govern our behavior and actions. 

And if we don't get good at what we want [[and have a standard for how good], then we will not be "productive" in terms of getting what we want.  And then we need a "way of doing things in a logical productive manner" - that is called a "procedure", part of which may include a checklist.


THE ORDER

First, one must determine what one's values are, completing the forms below.

Then, one must set one's standards for how much one is determined to achieve of those values, preferably without compromise.

And finally one sets up rules (and commitments to follow those rules) that one is to follow to meet those standards.  A rule is "I will do this in order to get that."  It is a guideline for behaviors and practices.

Read Setting Your Standards and Rules In Life, First.  (Note that this article in this site is kept under Happiness, as it is a vital piece to achieving happiness.)

Many of these could be placed in your About Me Notebook


WHAT DOES SETTING STANDARDS GET ME?

Standards indicate how you set limits both against and for. 

This will transform your behaviors by how you engage in the clarification in this process.

Spend at least a half hour and then add to it over time.  Vital to success in life.


HOW DO I SET STANDARDS?

Although we want to achieve as high a standard as possible in order to live as well as possible in any one area and in life overall, it can be useful to at least begin by setting some "minimum standards" and "goal standards". 

A "minimum standard" is one you intend never to go below.  It lies in the domain of the "100%, No Exception Commitment". 

An example could be:  To stretch at least 5 minutes a day early in the day.  It is a very keepable commitment, though it is not life or death if it is missed.  It is a clear commitment that is likely to be done, as it is very doable. 

A "goal standard" is one that I wish to have but which may not be feasible to never fall short on. 

An example could be:  To exercise at least 30 minutes a day, six days a week.  It is a worthy standard that will be a valuable contribution and one that will generally be kept.  We are not trying to "wuss out" here; we are just trying to be practical. 

A useful place to start is by Determining My Standards For Success In Life, as that is a useful overall perspective to start with.

 
FORMS FOR IDENTIFYING YOUR VALUES

See also the Planning section.

       ME364        Values Listing  
                          Which People I Admire
        ME362-20   Who I Would Like Most To Be Or Be Like 


FORMS FOR SETTING YOUR STANDARDS AND RULES


(F)    ME367       My Standards and Values - Standards indicate how you set limits both against and
                           for.  This will transform your behaviors by how you engage in the clarification in
                           this process. Spend at least a half hour and then add to it over time.  Vital to
                           success in life.
            367       Setting Your Standards and Rules In Life, First - Have these set ahead of time and
                           you won't have trouble making the right decision.
                        Determining My Standards For Success In Life - From the Happiness section, this
                            might give you some insight into how not to set yourself up to be unhappy!




VALUES, STANDARDS, AND RULES
CONSTRUCTING A FOUNDATION FOR YOUR LIFE TO GET
THE RESULTS YOU WANT FROM LIFE!

RELATED

Values, Standards, Rules
Contents/Links

Set Your Standards And Rules - First! - Without These Randomness And Reactivity Can Rule! 

Values - Main Page 
 
Rules - Main Page    
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Creeds, Codes
 
Kekich's 100 Credo's - A very good complilation of what works in life.  
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WANDERING AROUND

"The Drift" - Are you falling "victim" to this?

The Gradually Boiling Frog - It happens to the majority.  How about you?  
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IMPLEMENTATION

Determining My Standards For Success In Life  

Wandering around getting nowhere
(Stressing and a life of seeking relief)

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