We have a choice this morning – we get to pick the standard that our work will live up to.
We get to decide whether our work is good, average, best-within-the-circumstances or otherwise. Every piece of work either maintains, raises or lowers our standards. And, over a period of time, folks who see us operate just draw a line and extrapolate our usual standard of work.
It is these standards that help build great working relationships and teams. Teams and cultures align around the standard expected of them. They all agree that this is the kind of work they do – whether or not anyone is looking.
In the really long run, our work rarely matters. But, our standards, on the other hand, they are everything.
First, we make them. Then, they make us.