Let’s get personal for a sec…
Values Values Values is supposedly all the rage. But um… what are our values again?
It’s hard to remember.
I’m a big fan of mnemonic (memorization) devices.
Below is an example of a very awesome very personal ritual I have developed to remind myself to live my values every day. It may seem like a crazy long list. But the trick is that I have actually memorized the whole thing and I have incorporated it into my morning exercise routine.
I totally recommend doing your own version of this. It’s f-cking awesome. Hoping to start a discussion on:
- What do you think of this? Does anyone else think this is cool? Or is it weird and crazy?
- Other easy-to-memorize value systems I should consider incorporating? (it’s open source. It keeps growing…)
- Has anyone heard of a practice like this? I want to hear other people’s embarrassing personal spiritual practices.
- How the f-ck are we going to build a movement without some type of values-based system like this, and a simple way for millions of people to memorize and practice it?
Trying to be provocative…
Exercise Your Values (Literally): 10 Commandments, 9, 8, 7, 6…
Stephen Colbert once interviewed a Republican Congressman Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) who had introduced a Bill to have the 10 Commandments installed in public buildings.
Colbert nailed him on camera: “What are the 10 Commandments?”
Rep. Westmorland: “What are all of them?”
Rep. Westmoreland: “You want me to name them all?”
Colbert: “Yeah, please.”
Rep. Westmorland: “Hmmmmm…(pause)… Don’t murder…. Don’t lie… Don’t steal… I can’t name them all.”
Don’t let this happen to you.
I have a foolproof system.
Just in case I die tomorrow (cuz y’all know I am riding the Chinatown bus to DC), I wanted to make sure I share it first. This is one of the best kept secrets ever. Anyone out there can adapt it to your own values and morning rituals.
You know when you read a book like the 4 Agreements, or The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and you think:
“Damn… I should memorize these. If I could live by them every day, it would make my life better.”
But then you never do?
Like: “Damn, what are those Four Agreements, again?”
About a year ago, I came up with a way to memorize them all and use them every day. The best memory device ever. I do crunches in the morning and recite each value system with each crunch: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6… like this. I know it sounds crazy. But it takes 10 minutes, flattens my abs, and I swear to God it works. I know you’re probably laughing. But hold your fire for a sec. One day, I’ll do an exercise video. Upski vs. Richard Simmons. Then you can laugh.
What are other dope value systems? I’ll keep adding them as I go…
EXERCISE YOUR VALUES
There’s only one God (AKA God is Love)
Do Not Worship False Idols (AKA Materialism)
Do Not take the Lord’s Name in Vain
Keep the Sabbath Holy
Honor Your Elders
Do Not Kill
Do Not Commit Adultery
Do Not Steal
Do Not Lie
Do Not Covet
9 Fruits of the Spirit (New Testament Galatians 5:22-23)
9 Practices of Rockwood Leadership Institute
I am Powerful
I am impeccable
I Listen Deeply
I Stress no more
8 Habits of Highly Effective People
Begin With the Ends in Mind
Put First Things First
Seek First to Understand Before Being Understood
Sharpen the Saw
Find Your Voice and Inspire Others to Find Theirs
7 Values of the League of Pissed Off Voters
Freedom (with Responsibility)
7 Principles of Kwanzaa (Nguzo Saba)
Kujichagulia (Self Determination)
Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)
Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)
6 Lessons from Good to Great and Built to Last
Level 5 Leadership: “Personal humility. Fanatical about results.”
Right people on the bus. Wrong people off the bus.
Core values made real and infused
BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals)
Confront the brutal facts. Yet maintain unwavering faith
Culture of Discipline.
5 Pillars of Islam (Sunni)
Shahadah (Profession of faith)
5 Dysfunctions of a Team
Absence of Trust
Avoidance of Conflict
Lack of Commitment
Lack of Accountability
Inattention to Results
Be impeccable with your word
Don’t make assumptions
Don’t take things personally
Always do your best
3 Circles of the Hedgehog
What are you most deeply passionate about?
What are you best in the world at?
What drives your economic engine?
3 Rules from Rha Goddess
3 Billy’s Rules
Don’t do anything stupid to mess up your life
2 Principles of Tao
Yin: Darkness, Earth, Femaleness
Yang: Lightness, Sun, Maleness
Everything reflects and contains its opposite.
1 Golden Rule
Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you
AKA Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself
AKA God is Love.. for generations to come.
I’m ALL IN.