So, the thing about standards is they are there for a reason.
That reason is to ensure you are meeting minimum performance objectives. I prefer on demand and consistent performance as part of our standards. It gives you real time positive feedback, even if you are not meeting the objectives, it’s positive in the sense that you know what needs work. If you are meeting the standards you have just validated your performance and we can continue to push you towards more challenging objectives. If you are not meeting the standards then we can start to dissect your technique to determine what is not working. Through a diagnostic approach we can “peel the layers” away and work on known errors, errors repeated from class to class. Through standards it allows us to weed through the crap that is rampant in this industry objectively.
I find it curious why some folks are afraid of standards. It seems that most of the time it has to do with your comfort zone and for more on that check out this blog: Evicted from your Comfort Zone. You have got to push yourself no matter what the task or action. If you have no way of measuring your progress then you are just spinning your wheels. Maybe some folks like wheel spinning, they don’t have to worry about bruising their egos if they don’t challenge themselves.
In our classes, I am very upfront about our standards. I lay out my expectations of each student and how the standards will keep everyone in check. Some are shocked and start to question what they got themselves into. Others are indifferent and it totally shows in their performance. Still others are trying to meet the standards, but are starting from a bit of deficit. It is the ones who are trying to meet the standards that I care the most about. They are the ones who are putting out the effort. It is no secret that are classes are challenging, sure there is a degree of physicality one needs and most lack, but really it is the mental toughness that surprises most students. Some have come to appreciate that aspect to the classes and continue to train with us because they understand how the standards will keep them honest and give them insight.
Then there are the ones who flat out quit, they show up on day one and realize this was harder than they expected and their mental id is not capable of keeping up with the physical reality. I don’t much mind, it makes my job a bit easier, but what I do take action against is those who because they can’t perform are quick to blast us, the program and our lineage. Theres a reason why they quit and I have neither the time nor interest in the why.
So, standards are there for a reason. They are black & white, it’s a hit or a miss. Again, some complain at first, then come to appreciate the culture they have walked into. The attached picture is of a 2 round drill from the 25 yard line, the shot on the line is a miss and was counted as such. The picture is of my own target and if I count my own misses, you can be damn sure that I will count yours. There is this thing called integrity, this program is built on integrity and that’s for another time.