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Perfection is a decision. Choose wisely.

I have seven governing values that constitute my decision-making criteria.

These are the values and standards I use to make decisions. Then I can evaluate the results by looking at my list to see where these decisions fit in:

  • Truth
  • Peace of Mind
  • Integrity and Honesty
  • Quality of Life
  • Quality of What I Take Part In (Excellence)
  • Adventure/Change & Variety/Excitement

Not all of my decisions will include all of these values or meet each standard but knowing my priorities in order of what I value makes daily decision-making a whole lot easier.

Today, I have a list of thirty-four governing values in my Personal Constitution

Eight of those thirty-four values define what success means to me. Those are:

  1. God’s affirmation
  2. Someday being a great husband
  3. Someday being an outstanding father
  4. Financial freedom/independence and wealth
  5. Self-mastery
  6. Personal health and fitness
  7. Helping society; and
  8. Pleasure

When it is all said and done, if my life has not included each and every one of these elements in the ways I have explicitly defined them in my Personal Constitution, then I cannot consider my life’s journey to have been a success.

Words to live by.

One of the most important things I believe every person should do is take the time to establish a Personal Constitution.

A Personal Constitution is a document that embodies the system of fundamental principles by which a person commits to being governed.

Establishing a Personal Constitution is a simple process. All you need to do is:

  1. Create a list of the values and standard you truly want to live by.
  2. Write them down, and
  3. Make a promise to act and make decisions in alignment wit those values and standards.