Sorry if the title sounds like an insurance commercial – I promise that isn’t want this post is about. Today’s quotation is from a famous leader – one of my favorites – and a guy who is getting more popular than ever. A book about his life (well, his death), is a recent bestseller. That book, Killing Lincoln, has been turned into a National Geographic 2 hour docudrama, and a movie about part of his life is up for 12 Academy Awards this weekend.
While Abe is one of the most quoted guys around, the one today isn’t among the most famous. Read it and what follows, then apply it to your life and work.
Questions to Ponder
– Do you have a personal policy?
– If so, what is it?
– If not, how would having one change your life and results?
1. If you have a core policy like this (regardless of what you call it), read it now.
2 . If you don’t have such a statement or list, begin crafting it now.
3. Give yourself time to draft it, then resolve to refine it over the next few days and weeks as you use it.
Yesterday, when I first decided to use this quotation, I was going to write about policies that organizations create, and the pros and cons of them. That would be worthy to write about, but in the light of my desk lamp, I’ve decided to go a different, more personal direction.
So really, what is your policy?
What are the guiding principle(s) that guide your days, actions and decisions?
If you can’t immediately state them, it doesn’t mean they don’t exist, but it does mean that you often have a more complicated life, and decisions require more thought than they might otherwise. Get those policies – or personal agreements – written down, so that you can use them in your daily life more intentionally. Doing that will lower your stress, raise your confidence and increase your productivity.
More than those worthy things though, having a clearly stated personal policy will help you be more fulfilled in your life.
That is a policy worth having.