Non-Negotiable: What do you Stand for?

Have you ever just had one of those moments in your life where you're just sitting there saying to yourself "What the hell am I doing with my life" or even "How are people going to remember me when I'm gone". Over the last several years I have made some serious changes in my life. I realized that I wasn't living a fulfilling life and I just wasn't happy. After I closed my first major business I didn't quite want to face the reality of the business failing and did that reflect me, my marriage was over, and I was just an angry person. I started going to counseling and soon realized that I was the problem and in order to be happy it was going to have to be a me thing and not relying on someone or something to make me happy.

I was fortunate to land a job quickly after the bakery closed and worked my way into the parent company soon after as a district manager. I quickly realized I didn't know half as much as I thought and definitely not as much as I should have for the position. Nonetheless I found myself working for an awesome company that I thought I would call home forever. At one of our leadership meetings the company wanted to create a culture committee and I was more than willing to join. Our first task was to read Non-Negotiable the story of Happy Valley Start Bank and the Power of Accountability, little did I know the impact it would play on my life. I read it in one sitting and soon after started my list of my own Non-Negotiable things for my life.

  • Always do what's right

  • God, Kids, Family, Self

  • If you're able to Help, Help

  • Family First (Even your ex wife she is still the mother of your Children)

  • Don't half ass it, ever

  • Say what you mean, and mean what you say

  • Be Spontaneous

  • Have Fun, Life is about Living

  • 20% all the time (at least when tipping)

  • Always forgive (you don't have to forget)

  • Take responsibility and accountability for your actions

Above is my list that I try to live my life by. It is eye opening to realize that someday you will die and your tombstone there will be the year you were born (1985 - ????) a dash and the year you died. It's scary to think that your whole life is summed up in a DASH! People will remember you by how you treated them and the things you have done. That was just a WOW moment in my life that I realized I needed to make some changes.

I challenge you though to make a list of non-negotiable things in your life and definitely read the book if you get a chance. Below is a video I did on this topic as well today! Make sure you follow Instagram and Twitter at Shepherds_coach and on Facebook at Shepherds Consulting Group!


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