Nine years ago, my lifestyle and lack of self-awareness landed me in the hospital for 21-days. Who has time to check out of their life for 3 weeks? I had two children, a career, a home to take care of, a husband, and a full schedule. I didn’t have time for that!
Actually, that was all I had time for. I quickly realized that my job was to get back to health. I definitely couldn’t serve others if I couldn’t even take care of myself. The root cause was chronic stress and learning how to fix it was going to be a much longer process. In addition to discovering and implementing all kinds of life-enhancing practices, I found the following core beliefs that have become my guiding principles:
Authenticity – We create our best lives when we define ourselves by our own core values and not by our roles, other's expectations, and society.
Balance – There is power in balance. We operate at our best when we can honor our commitments and take care of ourselves.
Intention – Living a life “on-purpose” allows us to write our own story instead of it being left to external circumstances.
Growth – We all have the ability to become a better, brighter version of ourselves every day. Our potential is limitless.
Feedback – There is no such thing as failure…only feedback. Feedback enables us to gain wisdom and adjust our behavior.
Humor – Laughter heals and renews.
Simplicity – By reducing clutter, both physical and emotional, we can better focus our energy.
Responsibility – We cannot change other people…only ourselves. If we want our lives to be different, we have to be different.
Gratitude – Only by being thankful for what we already have can we appreciate its true value and make room for new blessings.
Presence - The point of power is always in the present moment.
As with anything, stating something and living it are two different things. I am not 100% all the time, but I am way better than I was in 2007. What I also know to be true is when I honor these beliefs, my life works much better. I hope my guiding principles inspire you to define yours and to grow into your fullness.