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August 8, 2013

Lori Brothers: Raise your standards for better health

NEW CASTLE — Setting a standard for yourself equals establishing a good habit.

Whenever you don’t make a habit that creates a high standard, the results can lead to decline or decay. Just think about personal hygiene as an example. If you don’t take a shower, you may not smell very appealing. If you don’t brush your teeth, cavities may form. If you don’t brush your hair, you may end up with birds nesting in it.

Well, maybe that’s going a bit too far.

Standards can set the trend to healthy lifestyle in all areas of our lives. Your standard is kind of like the default on your computer. It’s what’s been established as the normal setting.

In developing lifestyle, raising your standards shapes the habits you keep, based on your attitudes, your beliefs and your goals. Standards are the rules you live by. When you masterfully set your standards higher — which takes thoughtfulness, patience and persistence — you personalize them, rather than living by the requirements or expectations of others.

This establishes a sense of ownership that makes you the king or queen of your own domain.

“If you don’t set a baseline standard for what you’ll accept in life, you’ll find it’s easy to slip into behaviors and attitudes or a quality of life that’s far below what you deserve,” says motivational speaker, Anthony Robbins.

So ruling your own kingdom requires self-esteem and self worth. What is your health, well-being and happiness worth to you?  How do you set your worth?  Even if we speak of tendencies,instead of absolutes, we are what we do most often. This is why the concept of lifestyle is so important to ponder, if not own.

Adopt this mantra: “I am what I do repeatedly.” This will remind you that you are your habits, the good and the bad. Repeat the stuff that brings you good results. Re-patterning yourself takes the efforts of steering your attention towards your new outcomes.

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