Monica Marie Jones
Your Personal Constitution
Years ago, when I was steeped in the writing and publishing world, I was invited to speak and do a book signing at a small boutique. No more than a handful of people showed up, but I treated that small crowd like an audience of thousands.
A few weeks later I got a call from the woman who coordinated the event. In addition to her work with that store, she was in an influential leadership position at one of the highly rated casino hotels in our city. She was so impressed with how I gave my highest and best service at that small gathering that she wanted to host the release party for my new books. They gave me the hotel book shop for the book signing, a luxurious hotel suite, and private space for my guests in the five-star restaurant and lounge overlooking the city on the top floor or their establishment for the afterparty. They also purchased a large quantity of my books to carry in their stores.
This outcome reminded me of the power of my personal constitution. This is a set of principles that I created for how I lead my life when faced with different decisions and circumstances. I could have scoffed at the small event that day, complaining that they had not promoted it properly. Without this set of self-governing standards, I might have left early, feeling as though I could be somewhere else more worthy of my time. Instead, I was committed to giving it my best and treating it no differently than a high-paying and well-attended event. That fidelity to the personal precedents that I’d set forth led to a host of other benefits that were beyond what I could have ever imagined.
That’s how my life has always played out. Even when seemingly greater opportunities come along, I honor my commitments and I’m rewarded in unexpected and exceptional ways on the other side.
Here are a few strategies to support you as you set up or shore up your personal constitution.
Value Alignment. Select up to three words that represent what you stand for and who you are at your core. Define each of those words based on what they mean in the context of how you want to show up in your life. Once those values are clear, use them as a filter through which you make all of your decisions. Many opportunities and decisions are actually distractions in disguise, especially if they are not in alignment with who you are at your core.
Mission Alignment. What are you willing to fight for? What are you willing to walk away from? The answers to these questions are indicators of what is truly important to you. Sometimes we can be misled into thinking the things that society says are important, are important to us as well. Liberate yourself from the media induced haze and get clear on why you’re really here. IMAX Vision. IMAX is an acronym for image maximum. It is a type of film that makes frames wider and higher than the average film used in movie theaters. This results in what we see being ten times bigger than the standard. Use this type of vision when you make decisions. Instead of seeing what’s right in front of you, look wider and higher considering what your actions might mean down the line. Sometimes the easy choices lead to unfavorable outcomes and the choices that seem hard at the time lead to the very destinations we desire most. This week I challenge you to mentally draft your personal constitution. Refer to it when you are faced with tough decisions to help you make the choices that are best for you.
I am operating in alignment with who I am at my core.
I am dreaming in IMAX vision.
I am willing to fight for what I believe in and walk away from what I don’t.
Master Your Mindset to Manifest a Life You Love. Most Sincerely, Monica Marie Jones Your Soul Journey Guide