For the last thirteen years I have been an officer in the Australian Army. When most people think of the Army they immediately visualise regimented order and blind obedience. Surprising to some, the Army (particularly the Australian Army) allows and even demands very high levels of initiative and responsibility. I have also served in combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as peace enforcing/peace keeping operations in East Timor. I can tell you that combat zones are anything other than regimented order!
Now that I have left the Army to pursue my new lifestyle design, I realise that while my military career demanded a high level of initiative it was always within military rules and Army cultural norms.
With my new found freedom I am now finding that high levels of initiative within someone else’s rules is only just the first level. Now I have the freedom to truly set my own agenda and the only rules that I need to follow are my own.
My rules are not a comprehensive written manual that prescribe in detail how I operate as a person. Nor are they a ‘playbook’ that dictates my next actions in a range of conceivable situations.
My rules are simple. In fact there is only one:
Let my values guide my thoughts and actions in order to realise my personal vision.
Realising your personal vision means understanding your basic human needs and taking responsibility to meet them. I’m sure you understand what values are but what are basic human needs? Read my post Design Your Life For Happiness and Fulfillment for more info including a free coaching activity to help you understand your ‘needs criteria.’
So if my one and only rule for life appeals to you, here is what you need to do next:
- Subscribe to my free monthly newsletter using the sign up box on the right hand side. I will send you my recent newsletter containing more info on values and the ‘Understand Your Values’ coaching activity.
- Read my post Design Your Life For Happiness and Fulfillment and complete the free ‘Needs Criteria’ coaching activity.
- Go and live life by your own set of values to realise your personal vision!
Whose rules are you following? Maybe its time to live by your own!
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