Your Personal Philosophy is your guide, your compass.

This is something I truly believe because our inner beliefs drive how we think, our actions and our emotions. Simply stated: Our inner beliefs start the cycle of thinking – action – emotion.

And true to nature, what see what you are paying attention to. This morning, I was browsing recent articles and posts on Inc.com and one of my favorite contributors, Lolly Daskal wrote a piece titled 7 Valuable Skills That Top Leaders and High Achievers Have Mastered  I highly recommend you take a few minutes to read this article because I think it’s spot on!

But the main reason I’m sharing it today is for what she has listed as #1: A well-developed personal philosophy. She goes onto describe this as:

Successful leaders know what their philosophy is; they understand their thinking and their reasoning. A clear philosophy allows you to set your expectations and articulate your definition of success so you can set a clear path to your goals. It prepares you for an extraordinary destiny.

I couldn’t have said it better myself. There are so many people that I know and work with in some way shape or form that have positive intentions but don’t always have a clear philosophy. And as Lolly writes, in order to get your outcomes, make your achievements, you need to be crystal clear on your thinking, your reasoning – and your drive. Your inner drive is key!

A personal philosophy is not a tag line or even something that is popular. A personal philosophy is just that – something that is your driver, something you live for and something you want to create and share with the world. It is not something to take for granted.

In our digital world where things can happen in a flash or change instantly, your personal philosophy is something that can ground you, give you pause and remind you of what your mission and vision is.

Before reacting you give yourself a place of reflection, a resource for defining you and what success means to you. Then, and only then, can you set a clear path to your goals. Now, I know that the word ‘goals’ can be a loaded one. It’s not popular to talk about goals and frankly, it’s a word that can be overused. But truth be told, we each have goals or expectations of ourselves so why not see them in a more positive light. Instead of dreading a goal, why not set one that excites you? One that moves you forward? I have a free course on Goal Setting that you can check out here, but suffice to say many of the goals we don’t achieve or let go of are because they weren’t that important in the first place OR got too hard because we didn’t set up small wins along the way.

So, to bring it full circle – what is your inner drive? What is your personal philosophy?

I encourage you to take a few minutes to think about what excites you, what brings you enjoyment and fulfillment. Chances are that will be highly related to your personal philosophy. While you may not have a “polished” version, try to write a Personal Philosophy today! Nothing like thinking and reasoning to make it a great day 🙂