I recently started reading a book called The 10 Natural Laws of Successful Time Management, by Hyrum Smith. So far it has been very engaging and informative.
I’m only on the 4th chapter, but I’ve already learned (or re-learned) some of the reasons why I procrastinate on my writing for the DBZ book, or any of my other various projects.
The essential point I’ve understood is that if I don’t prioritize my life according to my own intrinsic values, and live according to those values in everything I do, that I’ll never make progress on my projects or find satisfaction in my work. In a larger scope I won’t find happiness in life. So determining what my core values are is really important.
To that end I spent some time looking within and came up with a list of core values, a law or principle I wish to live by and live up to, including what each value means to me:
- Truthfulness: The embodiment of honesty, to be true, do true actions, be upright, youthful, noble and open, to seek the truth and become a true man, my real self.
- Compassion: The embodiment of kindness, to be compassionate and merciful, genuinely aware of others in mind, speech, and body, to think of how to ease the suffering of others and take active steps toward that direction.
- Forbearance: The embodiment of forbearance, to be tolerant and enduring, to walk the middle road of temperance, be disciplined, focused, and centered in both passive and active states of life.
- Ideals: To strive toward a higher ideal and become that which I believe is better. To continually defeat my current self so that a greater and more true self can be revealed, to be broad minded while still attending to details, and to endure the hardships of a fool while becoming a sage.
- Integrity: Once an ideal or standard has been met, to maintain that standard in the face of all adversity, temptations or conflicts.
- Accomplishment: A sense of triumph, satisfaction and contentedness with life and work, grateful for the valleys that accompany the hills. An inner harmony that is expressed outwardly and subsequently reflected back, to bask in the warmth and glow of my own existence and self-worth yet without any sense of ego.
- Spirituality: To practice and embody my spiritual beliefs in an open, kind and respectful way.
- Health: To maintain my state of health, be fit and free of illness.
- Financial Independence: To be free of debt, with sources of primary and secondary income, both active and passive, using generated funds to further worthwhile endeavors within the guidelines of my other values.
What do you think? I kept it concise and simple so as to create a constitution of my life.
The items in this list are ranked according to their priority in relation to one another.
The top 3, Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance are the highest ideals and are equal in priority and value, and I can’t just live up to one without living up to the other.
Truth contains Truth, Compassion and Forbearance. Compassion contains Truth, Compassion and Forbearance, and Forbearance contains Truth, Compassion, and Forbearance. To the best of my ability I have to embody all three simultaneously.
The other values are important to me as well but are numbered in order of their priority and sequence of action. For example, I believe that financial independence is something I need to achieve and maintain, but not at the expense of my integrity or health.
What do you guys think of these values? What are your personal values? Do you have any personal values that you would add to this list or feel are missing?
Perhaps you’ll spend some time looking within and create a list of your own personal values to live by. If you do, that’s awesome! Please share it by leaving a comment below.