How Can You Be Happy At Home And Live A Life Of Integrity?
In my previous blog post, I recounted how Harvard Business School’s (HBS) 2010 graduating class asked Professor Clay Christensen to speak to them about how to apply his principles and thinking around developing new technologies and building new growth businesses to their personal lives.
He asks his students to use the same techniques they learned in class to form answers to three questions:
- How can I be sure that I’ll be happy in my career?
- How can I be sure that my relationships with my spouse and my family become an enduring source of happiness?
- How can I be sure I’ll stay out of jail?
My previous post helped you answer the first question; let’s move on the second and third.
How can I be sure that my relationships with my spouse and my family become an enduring source of happiness?
Prof. Christensen said you must create a strategy for your life, just as a company creates a long-term strategy for its own success. How do you want to spend your time, talents, and energy?
Think of all the aspects of your life that demand those 3 resources: your spouse, kids, hobbies, sports, friends, family, career, etc. Just as a company has a limited amount of time, energy and talent, so do you.
Create a schedule that allocates your time, energy, and talent to each aspect of your life to ensure you keep your life balanced, healthy, and fulfilling.
How can I be sure I’ll stay out of jail? Or, how can I live a life of integrity?
In our personal lives, we often make excuses when we choose between right and wrong. We say, “I know this is against the rules, but if I do it just this once, it’ll be OK.” The consequences of doing something wrong “just this once” are ignored, and it can become a slippery slope.
As Prof. Christensen said, it’s easier to hold to your principles 100% of the time than it is to hold to them 98% of the time. Think about yourself what you stand for from an ethical and moral standpoint. Jot them down and then create rules for your life around your principles. Read over your rules once a week to keep them top-of-mind.
An experienced and certified coach can help you make the time to answer these questions and create your schedule to better allocate your time, energy and talent. Winning Ways offers assessments that identify your top values and helps you understand how to use the information to hold to your principles 100% of the time. Call to find out more.
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