Success Tweet 18: Values and Decision Making

This post is a continuation of my series further explaining the ideas in my new book Success Tweets: 140 Bits of Common Sense Career Success Advice, All in 140 Characters or Less.  I am giving away the eBook version of this book.  If you would like a copy, go to www.SuccessTweets.com.

Today, I am focusing on Tweet 18…

You’ve got to stand for something, or you’ll fall for anything.  Your values help you make decisions in ambiguous situations.

If you know your rock and roll, you know that the first sentence in today’s tweet is the title of a John Mellencamp song – one of my favorites.  And it’s true.  You, me, all of us, need to stand for something if we’re going to create the life and career success we want and deserve.  Your personal values are what you stand for.

In yesterday’s post, I shared my personal values: common sense, simplicity, optimism, human potential, value, trust, individuality, hard work, the power of 1.   These values are the foundation on which I have built my life and career.  They guide my decision making.  I turn to them when I need help figuring out what to do.  They have served me well.

In April of 1988, I was facing a major life and career decision – stay in a good, secure, albeit somewhat unsatisfying job with a top notch corporation, or strike out on my own as an independent career success coach, speaker and consultant.  I looked to my values.  Optimism, human potential and hard work jumped out at me.  I am an optimist.  I believe in human potential, including mine.  I have always been a hard worker. 

Reflecting on my values – especially these three – made the decision easy.  An optimist, someone who believes in human potential, and a hard worker would take the chance and start a small business – which is what I did.  I became The Common Sense Guy over 22 years ago and have never looked back.  My values guided me through the decision making process.

Here’s another example.  As I began my work as a career success coach, I found that many of my clients were overwhelmed by the complexity of creating the life and career success they wanted.  They were looking for simple answers to complex questions.  I created my 4 C’s of Success Model to help provide these answers.  By studying successful people, I was able to create a simple, straightforward, common sense model that showed my career success coach clients how to create life and career success…

  1. Clarify your purpose and direction in life and your career.
  2. Commit to taking personal responsibility for your life and career success.
  3. Build unshakeable self confidence.
  4. Get competent in four important areas: creating positive personal impact, outstanding performance, dynamic communication, and relationship building.

I’ve used this simple model to help hundreds of people create the life and career success they want and deserve.  Success Tweets is organized around it.  Tweet 18 is one way to clarify the purpose and direction for your life and career.  My personal values of common sense, and simplifying the complex helped me figure out a simple, but comprehensive model of life and career success.  I use this model in my work as a career success coach.

I am a career success coach in large part because of my commitment to my personal value of the power of 1.  I believe that one person can change the world.  That’s why I work so hard to help the people in my life see that they can become a life and career success.  My personal value of value comes into play here as well.  I always provide my career success coach clients with more than I have to. 

I give away a lot of my books.  In this way, people have a reminder of the things we’ve talked about to which they can refer over and over again.  I have a goal of giving away 10,000 copies of the eBook version of Success Tweets.  If you want a copy, go to www.SuccessTweets.com.  Feel free to send your friends there too.

The career success coach common sense point here is simple.  Successful people clarify their purpose and direction in life.  Your personal values are an important part of your personal clarity of purpose and direction.  Tweet 18 in Success Tweets says, “You’ve got to stand for something, or you’ll fall for anything.  Your values help you make decisions in ambiguous situations.”  Once you’ve clarified your personal values, you need to live them.  Using your values to guide your decision making is a great way to live them on a day to day basis.  Your values will help you stand for something – so you don’t fall for anything.  Just ask John Mellencamp.

That’s my take on Tweet 18 in Success Tweets.   What’s yours?  Please take a few minutes to leave a comment sharing your thoughts with us.  And, if you leave a comment sharing your favorite John Mellencamp song, I’ll send you a copy of the eBook version of my bestseller, Straight Talk for Success.  As always, thanks for reading.

Bud

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