Have you ever struggled over a decision – not able to decide if it was in line with your values?
Do you ever look back at things you’ve done and cringe because that behavior simply doesn’t reflect who you are?
It’s easy to get caught up in the shuffle, lead off the path, or lost at sea.
The best thing I’ve found to combat these problems is to establish guiding principles. Write them down. And keep them posted somewhere you’ll see often so that you can always remember what guides you.
A great way to determine your guiding principles is to sit down with a pen and paper and just speed write all the things that are important to you. Then over the next week write down any other ideas that come to mind. Your principles can be as long or short as you’d like, so don’t worry about getting a certain number. Take a look at the list you’ve compiled and delete anything that doesn’t sing true. Is there anything that you included because you think it should be on the list? Scratch it off. Anything that you’d hate to have another person see on the list? Give it the boot. You want these principles to really reflect you and give you joy and power.
As an example, here are my (current) guiding principles:
Let’s break it down.
Ya’ll know I’m passionate about bringing handmade back to life and with that comes the desire to help people increase their self-esteem and happiness.
I also want to stay committed to valuing people over money. Money’s awesome and I’m not saying that I won’t try get more of it as I grow a business, but I want to always put people first.
Maintaining an abundance mindset is so important. I really, truly believe that there is enough out there for everyone. There’s no need to compete over jobs, love, money, ideas or inspiration because there is more than enough to go around. Keeping this in mind helps me stay open and willing to help everyone get ahead, because I’m not worried that someone is my competition.
To me, empathy is one of the most important qualities to cultivate. When we’re able to see where the other person is coming from, we’re suddenly blessed with much more compassion and kindness. And this leads to helping others, too.
Each of us are talented in so many different arenas, but we really need to follow our genius. It’s easy to get sucked into a job that pays well or one that your good at, but if it’s not inline with your genius – if it doesn’t light you and make you jump for joy – it’s just not worth doing.
This planet is amazing and the only one we’ve got, so I want to be sure to treat it with care. From decisions about food, transportation, or consumerism I can make a difference by thinking about the earth before proceeding. I’m not radical nor extreme, but I try to do my part.
Create. Grow. Savor. Live. These are my passions and lights to guide me down the path during emergency. Just four simple words, but they keep me on track.
What are you’re guiding principles? I’d love to see what you’ve come up – leave a comment sharing some, or all, of your principles. Thanks!