LIST 15 | List the beliefs and values that influence your decision-making.
My beliefs and values are pretty simple, and a number of my guiding beliefs have been heard before. That doesn’t make them any less valid:
Treat people the way you want to be treated.
Everyone is doing the best they can.
Believe people when they show you who they are, the first time.
We can make decisions only with the information we have at the time.
Be honest and forthright, clear and impeccable with your words. There is no benefit to anyone by talking in circles.
Fair does not mean equal.
With zero exception, bullies are cowards.
There is no room for guilt, shame or judgment. Quickly on the heels of that is the idea that there is no “should” which implies all three.
Boundaries keep me safe. Bullies are cowards.
“Yes” is my preferred response, to everything, always.
Indeed, to fully understand my guiding beliefs would take you to the Brené Brown section of your local independent bookstore. You might also want to look at the writing of Colette Baron-Reid, Carl Jung, Theodore Roosevelt, Maya Angelou, Winston Churchill, Malcolm Gladwell, Kahlil Gilbran, Richard Rohr, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Oprah Winfrey, Seth Godin, Martha Beck and so many others who encourage me to always be better, do better.