This chapter is from the book “Next For Me: A Guide to Change for Everybody” from the founders of Next For Me.
If you’ve decided to go forward with an idea that will lead to a new definition of who you are, great! That should be easy enough. 😉 Having a solid philosophical foundation as a guide will make the way forward a lot easier. Whenever you need a gut check on a life decision you can always weigh it against your vision, core values and a set of guiding principles.
In his book Getting Things Done, David Allen defines a system for evaluating work using an altitude analogy. At the top, the 50,000+ foot view. He explains:
“This is the ‘big picture’ view. Why does your company exist? Why do you exist? The primary purpose for anything provides the core definition of what its ‘work’ really is. It is the ultimate job description. All the goals, visions, objectives, projects, and actions derive from this, and lead toward it.”
It’s a really simple technique that, with a little investment up front, pays off at whatever stage your endeavor is at.
There is a great deal we could write about developing your personal brand, but that’s for another book. What’s important to understand now is that how you present yourself to the world is critical in articulating your new moves. Defining your personal brand is a lot more than the color scheme of your Instagram feed. It’s an extension of your personal mission, values and principles. As part of your foundation you will want to define what your personal brand aspires to stand for in the hearts and minds of your colleagues and associates.
Do the exercise: Identifying Your Core Values.
This section is from the book “Next For Me: A Guide to Change for Everybody” from the founders of Next For Me.