I don’t know if you are at all like me, but as sure as the sun will rise, I make a yearly list.
On one part of this list, I write down my achievements for the past year. What did 2015 bring me that was a success?
On the other side, I jot down my plans for next year. I note business goals, personal wishes and desires, spiritual intentions and plenty of ideas to fill the year. Well, what can I say? I’m a list kinda girl.
While doing my list this year, I’ve been thinking about standards. Raising them, to be exact. Now: how does this affect you ma chère? Well...
Do you struggle daily about the following?
If the above rings true to you, raising your standards may well be the answer you've been looking for.
Can you think why you’ve allowed your standards to drop? “Life happens” is probably the main reason. Each of us start the new year with the most fabulous intentions in all aspects of our lives. Then, as the weeks and months pass, we forget, or run out of stamina, to keep up with our high standards and lofty goals. Little by little, we let things slide. Standards slip.
Are you nodding in agreement yet?
Standards are principles, or life rules, we give ourselves and by which we live. High standards make us feel better about ourselves. Raising your standards impact not only how you look but how you feel. If your higher standards make you dress better, you will enjoy looking at yourself in the mirror. You will be receiving compliments. You’ll get a sudden interest in yourself. You’ll want to try different ways to create wonderful outfits. Higher standards will push you to re-examine your closet, your choices, your lifestyle even. It will nudge you to get up from down there and pull you up.
The solution is to examine the state of your standards throughout the year, but especially those times when you feel that things can’t go much lower. When your style is the worst it’s ever been is not the best time to review your standards and raise them. It's too overwhelming. Try to do it before it reaches that stage. Catch your slipping standards before they fall too far. We can never have standards that are too high. It is not about perfection but about your self-worth. With a bar that's set too low, you may feel that you don’t deserve better or the best. You feel content with sub-quality, with 'less than'. Why should anyone be happy with that?
Below are some examples of standards that may have been dropped, and what can be done to raise the bar:
Raise your standards ma chère. Think about yourself. Bring more love into your daily routine. Invest in yourself.
I send you my very best wishes for a very Happy New Year.
I hope that 2016 finds you in good health and fills you with love, joy and happiness.
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I'm Marie-Anne Lecoeur. I teach women how to upgrade their style and think, shop & dress like a French woman in my Ecourses and The French Chic Academy
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