Last week we covered what the world owes us. While these two posts stand alone content wise, you might consider reading last weeks newsletter to fully grasp the context of the message. You can find last week's post here.
In that post, Seth Godin taught us two mindsets that, if we choose to embrace them, could lead to a much healthier world view. The second is what will guide our content today and that was to embrace the idea that the world does not owe you anything, it is you who owe the world.
I believe that by embracing the givers mindset, you will live a more fulfilling and joyful life. So what do you owe the world?
1. You owe it to the world to make values-based decisions.
Our decisions carry weight. There are consequences to the choices we make in life. Therefor, how we make decisions is almost more important than what we actually decide. If we make decisions based on social trends (i.e. students wrecking bathrooms due to a TikTok trend), convenience (fast food vs cooking at home), or pure recklessness (hard drugs), what grounds can we stand on when we face the consequences of those decisions? Making values based decisions does not mean that we don't face the consequences of our actions, it simply means we can now justify our behavior.
The decisions we make and the potential they have to impact the world is far too great to not consider our values.
Making values-based decisions starts with knowing our values. List your top four values. Put them somewhere you will see them daily (phone background, fridge, car, etc...)
What is one important decision you have to make this month? Which value will influence your decision making process the most?
“Don’t base your decisions on the advice of those who don’t have to deal with the results.” - Anonymous