In our fast-paced society, where the quicker things happen, the better, it’s often difficult to take a beat to examine what is truly important to us. I’m a firm believer that introspection is key to not only becoming a better person, but also becoming more successful in your career.
Anthony Robbins, the Godfather of self-improvement, declares, “Your values–whatever they are–are the compass that is guiding you to your ultimate destiny.” As teachers, If we are unclear of our personal values and have a hazy compass, how can we possibly shepherd our students into their futures? And this goes for all career paths. Whether you’re a scientist, a financial advisor, a secretary, or a waiter, we can all better ourselves professionally when we take time to reflect upon who we are and what we want.
In her book, The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin takes us on her journey as she embarks on a year-long project dedicating herself to self-improvement, all in the name of happiness. Following in Rubin’s footsteps, I created my own 10 commandments that give a succinct snapshot of my primary principles. I also tweaked her Eight Splendid Truths About Happiness into Eight Noble Truths. These are the things that I’ve learned over the years to be true about life.
My Ten Personal Commandments
1. Be the type of person you want to be around
2. Think positive
3. Trust your intuition
4. Be passionate
5. Join in more
6. Listen intently
7. Without love, nothing matters
8. Get some fresh air
9. Take risks
10. Live fully, laugh often, love much
My Eight Noble Truths
1. Don’t act or react in anger. Handle situations with grace.
2. Know what you deserve and do not tolerate anything less.
3. Remembering people’s names will go a long way.
4. If you’re bored, you’re boring (I have to credit my mom with this one).
5. Most people will give you what you want, you just have to ask for it.
6. Communication, trust, empathy, and play are keys to a solid relationship. Out of all the kids on the playground, you should want to play with your partner the most.
7. You always have a choice. If you don’t like something, change it.
8. Be confident. And even if you aren’t, act confident. No one can tell the difference anyway.
You deserve a break. Take a moment and think about your commandments and your noble truths. What are some of your fundamental beliefs? Where will your compass guide you?
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