Your Personal Prime Directives

I recently finished the book What You Do Is Who You Are by Ben Horowitz, which is about business culture. It has interesting ideas that we can apply to the personal side as well. The main idea behind the book is that actions and behaviors define culture more than values or ideals do. People absorb culture from behavioral norms, and culture can be changed by reshaping behaviors. One idea that we can adapt from the book is to look at how to translate your values into behavioral rules, like a code of conduct for yourself. Many businesses have operated by such rules, such as Facebook’s “Move fast and break things” mandate – I’d say they succeeded with that one. Instead of only thinking of your values as static words, turn them into action statements. For instance, growth and exploration are key values of mine, but I often frame them with the actionable version: Embrace the New. This reminds me to lean into new experiences instead of repeating old ones. Or when doing something familiar, try to keep approaching it in fresh ways. What if you transformed your personal values into a list of personal directives? This could help make them more concrete and useful on a day-to-day basis. I think a good example of this can be found in Stephen Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The key values are expressed as directives like “Put first things first” and “Begin with the end in mind.” They’re stil...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Values Source Type: blogs