Entrepreneurship Development: Setting Your Standards (III)

SSo far in this series, we’ve covered what setting personal standards is, how our personal standards predate our long-term successes, the scope of choices on which we should set our standards, and the control to establish our standards . We’ll conclude the series today by discussing some of the specific ways we can set our standards and the characteristics of the standards we set for ourselves.

Set standards on factors over which we have direct control: Obviously, the first space in which we can begin to establish our standards is the “Z” sphere in which we have “full” control. Specific dimensions in this area that we should set ourselves include:

How we educate ourselves: They say that he who does not know where he is going can take any road! To be able to set standards on various aspects of our lives, we must therefore educate ourselves. These are technical skills that we must acquire and continue to improve in our businesses. It is also about moral and ethical knowledge to understand what is right and wrong as well as what helps or hurts us.

How we take care of our health: Health is defined by the World Health Organization, WHO, as ‘…a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’ It requires that we first know what our current health situation is, understand and do what will keep us healthy; avoid what harms your health and generally remain mindful of all three.

Be clear about who and what we should be: We need to set standards for what we want to be for ourselves as well as what we should be for others. It’s about trying to be the best we can be for ourselves, and then projecting that onto others as well.

· How do we invest our time? After our life and our health, I would say that the second most important resource we have is our time. It’s a variable in our lives that is really independent. Therefore, we must choose how we invest it only in what is right, good, useful and valuable to us and others.

· What do we need to engage in and with whom? We must consciously choose what we engage in, such as how we earn our living. For example, all activities in which we engage and what we invest and spend with our resources must be honorable and defensible. Likewise, we must be mindful of who we engage with and how we engage with them.

Self-application: We need to set standards for how we apply ourselves in everything we do. We must be thoughtful, reflective, committed and diligent. Whatever we do, we have to be serious about them and do our best.

Congruence, transparency, honesty and integrity: For our sanity, safety, and honor, we must be consistent, transparent, honest, and truthful in our thoughts, words, and actions. We have to say what we mean. We must do what we promise to do.

Other issues we need to consciously think about include how we treat others with respect, how we criticize ourselves positively, how we praise ourselves, and how grateful we are to God for our blessings, which includes our mental and emotional abilities as well as the efforts we are able to deploy. what we do and the results we get, etc.

Setting our standards on factors over which we have indirect control: As we mentioned last week, indirect factor control is about doing what we can rightly and legitimately do to move others and what they do sections entirely outside our sphere of control (section ‘X’) to the space within our sphere of control (heading ‘Y’). Here are some of the ways we can achieve this:

Lights: We all grew up from babies who couldn’t do anything on our own to adolescence and adulthood. We have learned many things over time. Some were deliberately taught to us in our homes and schools while we picked up others from the streets – from the good and optimal to the bad and hurtful. Therefore, some people just don’t know any better than you see them. But we can help them think and do better by re-teaching and guiding them. Relearning them and reorienting them should not be only technical. On the contrary, our heart should also be involved for the best effect.

Encouragement: Sometimes people actually know the right and proper things to do, but may just not do them for several possible reasons. In such situations, we should try to understand their inhibitions and help them with encouragement and persuasion.

Provide support: Yet, at other times, people know the right things to do and also want to do them, but don’t necessarily have the control to do them. This may, for example, result from the unavailability of certain necessary resources. Supporting them with the necessary resources can enable them to do what needs to be done.

Fixed: Have you ever noticed that our people who will be rowdy at our international airports will generally be orderly at other foreign airports? The environment we live and operate in and the people we associate with impact us, just as we also impact the environment and people. By refusing to do and accepting from others what is wrong and by doing what is right and expecting the same from others, we can do much to establish our standards and positively improve the standards of others.

Characteristics of personal standards: There are three main characteristics of our personal standards that we need to be aware of:

· Some components of our standards should be timeless. This means they should never change over time. These include our determination to always tell the truth and to be generally upright and law-abiding.

· Some components of our standards are expected to change over time. This can include how we do our work with the support of new technologies.

· Learning is continuous. We must be open to always improving our standards.

Setting our standards is about building a great personal lifestyle on the right philosophies and best practices. Not only do they define us, they shape what we can do and how we should do it. Equally important, our way of life either teaches others how good we are, or spreads our evil in society. The advantages are our credit and the disadvantages are also our responsibility. Next week, we’ll look at creating an organizational culture.

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