How to maintain high standards for ourselves.
“Please change your job”, I advised my friend who was sulking with his present job, but at the same time, did not, or in better words, could not take up the courage to switch jobs. The hectic schedule, toxic work-culture, dominating superiors and above all, a low paying job, he found it difficult to cope up with these increasing burden on his head that made him unable to raise his head and stand up in the society. To top it off, his under confidence added fuel to the fire.
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Many of us right now might be in the same situation. Be it job or education or any other important matter in life, we always settle for something less than what we deserve and what we are capable of. It might be due to societal pressure, financial circumstances, availability of better options, or very often, due to our low self-esteem and self-confidence.
People do not realize their true potential and settle for something less than what they are truly capable of, in order to ‘settle early in life’. Aversion to take risks has only deprived us of our guts and courage. In short, we ourselves have reduced our standard of living.
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WHAT IS THIS STANDARD OF LIVING?
Basically, standards are things that we set for ourselves. That is, how we want to lead our life. Each person may be having their own standards, in things they buy for a career they choose. For example, I may want to buy a car only from the brand ‘Mercedes Benz’ and would settle for nothing less. So, here my standard is ‘Mercedes Benz’ in cars.
It is imperative to understand that standards may range from small things such as buying a mobile phone and can extend to things as huge as our career, house, city and way of living, and it is in no way, only a measure of the amount of money we possess or the income that we earn. In simple terms, the standard is how you live your life in all aspects. Also, understand that raising standard raises our self-respect in the society.
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IMPORTANCE OF RAISING STANDARDS:
Everyone has certain dreams and desires about their life. We may aspire to become an astronaut and explore space, for example. But when we cross the age of ’20s and reality kicks in, we may find ourselves working in a 4×4 cubicle, not even able to explore our city due to hectic nature of work, let alone space. Is this what we truly aspired for? To work in a small cubicle, instead of flying high into space?
Here, we have lowered our standard of living by not even striving to work for what we have always wanted. And the sad reality of today’s generation is that more than half of today’s youth are not able to utilize their capability and realize their dreams, leading to a lower standard of living. And there are even more complicated cases – where some of today’s youth do not even realize what they actually want.
The advent of social media has only made the situation worse. People engrossed in it, live their lives in a virtual world and even forget to live the life of their dreams in reality. Truly a pathetic state indeed!
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THE POSSIBLE SOLUTION:
Having stated the sad state of reality that is prevailing among today’s generation, and realizing the possibility that the same trend may continue to affect the lives of future generations also, it is imperative and is the need of the hour to understand the possible solutions to halt this dangerous trend of underemployment and under standard life.
“If you want to change your life, you have to raise your standards.”Tony Robbins
So, let us look below, some points that, upon following, may lead to a desired standard of living.
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The most important thing which most of the people across the globe ignore and take for granted is Health. As dictated by a famous quote, “ The greatest wealth is health”. But with the advent of technology, human efforts have decreased to a great extent which is actually a bane in disguise and people are not fit anymore due to lack of physical work.
Nowadays, getting diagnosed with one or another disease has become common. COVID 19 has clearly revealed the lack of health and health infrastructure across the globe, resulting in lakhs of deaths. Smoking and alcohol consumption are other persisting problems that deteriorate the mind and body of individuals.
Thus, the most important item in the list of raising better standards is health. Physical fitness automatically leads to mental fitness and increased self-confidence in whatever work that we may take up. Training our body by exercising, cardio exercises, taking in a healthy and balanced diet and adequate relaxation in the form of sleep will help us regain our health back. This in turn will lead to increased self-confidence, better performance and delivery in any task, and above all a lasting life as we will be free from any chronic infection.
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2. DREAM – PERFORM – REFORM:
Though the above heading may sound weird, the mantra behind it is very simple, or one can say, fundamental. As you may have read above, many people are not able to achieve the standard of living because they are not able to achieve their dreams and choose the desired career. An undesired career automatically makes us less productive as most people show aversion towards their jobs, But at the same time, it also becomes imperative for them to continue this job as they are risk-averse.
This toxic cycle can be broken by the above mantra. The only prerequisite is to believe in yourself and take a risk. First, realize your ‘Dream’. Then ‘Perform’ required work, be it studying or training to move closer towards it. And finally, ‘Reform’ your life the way you wanted by achieving your goal.
A passionate, desired and dreamed of career automatically puts you back in the path of a high standard as you show interest in work, leading to better performance in a job which in turn automatically improves your income. So, what are you waiting for? Start implementing this mantra!
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There is no escaping from reality that the world judges one’s success from his income and wealth. Because all that the world can see is your money and not your job satisfaction or health which are equally important. Moreover, wealth, though not the only criteria for better standard, ultimately determines one’s status through his purchasing power, and thus, commands respect. So, it becomes equally, if not more, important to focus on wealth to raise our standard of living.
In order to raise wealth, health is the first irreplaceable criteria, Apart from it, better work standards, strong work ethic, delivering commitments on time and standing out from the crowd helps in earning a better income. It is also necessary to have a side hustle to serve as a backup and serve us in times of crisis.
Skill and talent are the true mantra here that serves as a foothold to the above-mentioned points such as commitment and work standards. So, develop the required skill so that the companies value and respect you. It also increases our respect along with wealth!
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Once we climb up the ladder of high standards, it is also important to handle relationships properly. Never get too arrogant, but instead, help other people also to climb up the ladder. That way, your respect further increases. Always remember, “With great power, comes great responsibility”. So, think and act in a just manner.
5. SELF DISCIPLINE:
The foothold that acts as the foundation and is the most important of all the above criteria is self-discipline, Without self-discipline, be it in diet, exercise, work, you may not be able to achieve anything stated above. And, in order to develop self-discipline, train your mind to do only those things that truly matter and will raise your standard of living in society.
Always remember to focus only on the essentials. Developing self-confidence by developing appropriate mindset is the ultimate key to success and a better life.
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The above points have helped a friend who was struggling with his job, as mentioned at the start of the essay, to dare resign the job, pursue his passion and make a living. Now, he is truly satisfied. Satisfaction lies in the way we live our life. At any rate, we are only going to live this life once with this identity, so why not make it the best? Get going to live your life of dreams and raise your standard!
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