What really matters to you? Your “rules for life?” Do you know? And if so, will you apply them in the future, or use them now, even though these days are different, and especially difficult?
Here’s the thing. If you aren’t living your values during hard times… then they aren’t really your values. Proud people proclaim what is right, just, and important. Principled people prove it, not to others, but to themselves, through thousands of choices and actions, small and large, that eventually become the fabric of self.
Are you a person of principle? Or, are your rules “situational,” granting yourself permission to suspend, or slacken, until the ideal circumstances arrive? And if they never do, then who will you have been? In the end, all we have is the life we live and the principles that we lived by. When it’s hard, it’s time to double down on what you believe.
So here are a few of my principles for inspiration, and for my accountability.
Do what’s hard.
Do what’s right.
Failing = learning.
Support my country.
Do the work.
It’s always about now. This is the moment that you get to decide or discover who you really are. When nobody’s watching. And the “easy way” is totally understandable. When less is justified. And even though we are imperfect and will fall short at times. We recommit … because it’s tough and it matters.