There is a standard for almost every action we take in life. From choosing to make our bed in the morning to respecting our parents to how much we tip. This is difficult to understand as children as we are rightfully forced to cling to simple, effective, life guidelines. As we age however, we must realize that standards are self imposed.
Standards are not about being better than those around us. That may be a welcome repercussion of loftier decision making, but if we base our standards around what others think, we have no base. Accomplishing in life, solely because others are watching, is poisonous.
We must allow ourselves to exist on a higher plane that we can comfortably operate on. We must see a marked difference in our daily lives and make the standard standard, obsolete.