Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Develop and Live Your Core Values

Notes from Hiram Smith, Franklin Covey Institute
Melaleuca National Convention
August 14, 2009

Wisdom = Knowledge rightly applied

Three emotions that motivate activity:
  • Fear (have to)
  • Duty (need to)
  • Love (delight to, want to) – Strive to be motivated by love

Know & Live Your Core Values

  • Find out what matters to you
  • Bring your life into alignment with what matters
  • Spend 3-5 hours writing down your governing values
    o Personal
    o Marriage (if married)
    o Family

When there is a gap between your core value and where you are (your reality), you run at the gap. Strive to close the gap. In some cases it won’t be easy.

Who will survive adversity: an optimist, a pessimist or a realist?

  • An optimist by faith ignores the brutal facts, and eventually succumbs to adversity when noting changes;
  • A pessimist sees the brutal facts and quits from the beginning; or,
  • A realist sees the brutal facts, but has faith to deal with them to overcome in the end. Mental toughness is crucial, pain is inevitable, but misery is optional.

Character is the ability to carry on with a plan after the emotion of the decision has passed. Do what you say you will do.

Learn to forgive. Forgiveness requires remembering the offense and deciding it doesn’t matter anymore.

Action Plan:

  • Think about the teaching for 36 hours
  • Teach them to someone else

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