People love to talk about “becoming” and “being” your best. But it’s not quite as easy as all that, is it… We’ve got to develop a sort of personal philosophy first—some means of knowing the ins-and-outs of our character and using our positive attributes, deliberately and with purpose.
Well, what is someone’s “best”, anyway? Seriously, what is your “best”?
It’s incredibly difficult to get your arms around it, partly because it’s a moving target that is influenced by dynamically moving components: your current skill, your world view and the environmental conditions.
After spending time with so many world-leading performers – many are uncommonly relentless about pursuing their “best.” And, there’s a more stable component that keeps emerging. Many have a very clear sense of the principles that guide them.
Those principles are at the foundation of “being” and “becoming” their best.
And, one of the most significant measures of “best” is not just the metric of winning, but rather the deeper acknowledgement that they gave everything they had and stayed true to their guiding principles (aka, their personal philosophy).
Before we talk about “being your best,” do you have a personal philosophy?
If so, what is it?
Can you succinctly say it in under 25 words?
In the modern world, philosophy – the pursuit of wisdom or the study of knowledge – can seem antiquated or even academic.
As philosophy has moved over the centuries from the market square to the ivory tower, it is often viewed as a distant discipline that doesn’t have much to do with our lives.
That couldn’t be further from the truth, and we don’t have to look further than world-class performers and leaders for evidence of how vital and alive philosophy is. We have found that almost across the board, the best in the world operate from a clear and finely tuned personal philosophy.
A personal philosophy is a word or phrase that consists of the principles that influence your thoughts, words and actions.
We all have a personal philosophy. It doesn’t sit outside of you. It lives inside of you, waiting to be expressed, waiting to be revealed.
You might not consciously know what it is, or you might only know parts, but it’s there. Your philosophy impacts your thoughts, tendencies and behaviors and plays an active role in your daily life.
It may be the fundamental force that shapes how you experience life. You just need to uncover it. Your philosophy is revealed by the choices you make and the actions you take.