【第18天】论更高的标准(中英文)


对自己要有一个比别人对你更高的标准。绝不对自己妥协。绝不怜惜自己。对待自己要极其严格——对待其他人要更加宽容。—Henry Ward Beecher
你需要关注的唯一标准就是你自己的标准。假如你的行为是为了和绝大多数人的标准保持一致,那么,你将会超重的,不适宜的,不健康的,懒惰的,厌恶你的工作,没有足够的时间陪伴你的家人,也会陷入债务。
有时候我也会因为我的目标而被人抱怨。你已经很苗条了,为什么还要坚持节食?你为什么如此节约?你应该好好生活!你能不能像一个普通人那样生活,而不是早上5点就起床,晚上8点就睡觉。
如果依照那些批评我的人的标准,我很早之前就应该停止提升我自己了。依照我自己的标准,成长永不会停止。我常常让我自己要对更高的标准负责,这使我在生活中能够保持成功必备的习惯,并且获得了更多的成功。
假如你同意自己接受更低的标准,你如何才能实现卓越呢?自控能力是高标准最有力的证明之一。让稍纵即逝的情感和冲动控制你的生活——和大多数人做得一样——是通往平庸的必经之路。
Day 18: On Higher Standards
Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself — and be lenient to everybody else.
—Henry Ward Beecher 17
The only standards that should concern you are your own standards. If you act in accordance with the standards of the majority of people, you’ll be overweight, unfit, unhealthy, lazy, hating your job, not having enough time for your family, and in debt.
I sometimes get flak for my goals. “You’re already slim. Why do you still watch your diet?” “Why do you save so much money? You should live it up!” “Can’t you live like a normal person, instead of waking up at 5 a.m. and going to sleep as early as 8 p.m.?”
By the standards of the person criticizing me, I should have stopped improving myself a long time ago. According to my standards, the growth should never end. I always hold myself responsible for a higher standard, and this allows me to maintain success-friendly habits in my life and achieve even more success.
If you allow yourself to have low standards, how are you supposed to ever achieve excellence? Exhibiting self-control is one of the most powerful demonstrations of having high standards; letting fleeting emotions and urges control your life — as most people do — is a sure-fire path to mediocrity.

 

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