We all have them.  Whether we know it or not, we have them.

The problem is, we are not deliberate about the standards we set for ourselves.  We end up defaulting to the standards we were raised with.

What's more, is that we try to fit the old sub-standards to fit our new map of success.  It doesn't work.  It's moving a mountain with a spoon.  The work is easy, but we're getting nowhere.

When we reverse-engineer our standards to meet the personal and professional success outcomes that we see on our map, then we essentially multiply our effectiveness.  We can trade in our spoon for a shovel.  

Here's the kicker.  

Having high standards costs something.  It's work.  It's hard work, and it requires true strength.

Our backs will hurt, our hands will callous, and our bodies and minds will beg us to stop.

But we'll be moving forward.