One sentence to sum up your philosophy on life
Push, pull… Fight, kick and scratch or just let it be and do as you like, or not! How do you do this thing called your life?
If you’ve had the good fortune to raise children you’ll sometimes find yourself sharing your beliefs on life. What it means and how to have the best life possible. Particularly for your own children and grandchildren. This of course, is to help them with their life and hopefully give them the leg up to have a life better and learn from your own life experiences. You have thousands of experiences on how to live a life but if you had to dig deep, and think of just one, what would be your single, take away, philosophy, that you’d want to share with others as your philosophy on life.
Step 1 – Why we share our philosophy of life
While some people never share their attitudes, others are all too happy to tell you how they lived their lives and in their opinion what you could learn from their experiences. Ultimately we’re saying these things for selfish reasons.
Consider for a moment your motives for sharing your philosophies on life.
- To be seen to be helpful
- Explain our motives
- Justify our mistakes
- Help them to learn from our experiences
- Be remembered
Some of these reasons are to help people while others are to protect and justify what’s happened in the past. Either way it’s the way you see yourself and your life. Take some time to reflect on your motivation and what’s the single most important attitude that you think is important to living a life. I’m avoiding using adjectives to describe the way you may see life but they could be terms like Good, Family, Respective, Happy, Empowering, Powerful, Dominant, Honorable, Successful, Memorable, Courageous, Calm, Nurturing… and the list goes on. It depends on the way you see it but what is the ( )Life that best represents your philosophy of your life.
Step 2 – Your attitude and philosophy to life
The adjective that you put just before the word life is the lock to the door that is your philosophy. Now what is that philosophy? Consider the (adjective) Life,that you now have in mind as the way to live life and flush it out into a statement. A few simple ideas.
- Always be happy
- Strive for excellence
- Family is all important
- Respect others
- Take what you can get
- Money is your only friend
- Never stop moving
- Always keep learning
- Life is nothing without health
- Once you get power fight to hold it
A lot more and longer personal philosophies on life are at ISO Personals
Step 3 – The proof is in the story!
It doesn’t matter if people agree with you or not. This is the way you see the world! It’s your philosophy based on your experiences and the ideas that you present through your stories, tell a lot about who you are and your philosophies of life. With these ideas in mind, there are very specific moments where you know that this attitude has played out in your life to be reenforced from experiences.
- Where were you?
- Who was with you?
- What did you intend to do?
- How did events play out?
- What was the end result?
- What did you learn?
- What would you do differently?
- Has this lesson been reinforced again and again?
- How have you changed because of it?
Not only is this relevant to the big, whole of life philosophies but it’s also about the smaller things that you’ve learnt from life. Take some time to reflect on these points and jot a few notes. From these stories people can learn a lot from and about you.
- What’s your underlying motivations for you life?
- What adjective would best describe your attitude and put before the word ____ life.
- What is your philosophy to live the life that you just described?
- Think of a significant occasion of this philosophy playing out
- What is the story that you can tell of that time to explain you philosophy of life
We’d love to know you attitudes and philosophies on life. Please share them in the comments below.
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