Explicitly honor how you want to show up

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“Knowing your deepest intention can be your guiding force in the creation of a better life." — Oprah Winfrey

What personal values and ethics do you have in place to guide your life?

You likely have implicit values that direct how you want to show up in the world.

But have you explicitly agreed with yourself on what those are?

I've been working my way through The Intuitive Workweek, which is an excellent resource from my own coach, Jen Carrington.

While the course is aimed toward creative business owners, the greater purpose is self-exploration, which is why I want to share part of what I wrote.

As part of the course, you're prompted to write your own "workweek commandments."

Though they apply equally to my experience of being a coach and how I want to show up on an daily basis, I want to share what I wrote for my own (somewhat more universal) "personal commandments."

These are the core values I want to honor, the mindsets and mantras I use to guide me and what I want to remind myself of on a daily basis:

1. I am wholehearted. I am wild.

I show up with my full attention, my full heart and my full voice. Both wholeheartedness and wildness are about not holding back: expressing the full range of truthfulness and emotion with courage and strength.

2. I already have all the tools I need.

I don’t need to look for external validation. I am inherently whole and resourceful. I intuitively know what needs to happen to move forward.

3. Rest is productivity at a different speed.

Productivity is not always about action. Sometimes it is about integration. I cannot show up fully for myself and my creative business if I am not recharging my creative energy.

4. I am here to hold space.

My purpose is to facilitate and witness the unfolding of other women’s truths, voice and personal power. I am the vessel into which they pour self and out pours insights of their own making.

5. Move where the energy naturally goes.

Intuition and purposeful action are based on working with rather than against the natural flow of energy. Rather than forcing outcomes, I trust and move according to what is needed in the present moment.

I would say these guiding principles are something of a manifesto for Project Intention, though I didn't intend to write them that way.

These intentions are just that—gentle directives rather than absolute rules—but they are a written agreement with myself that these values are how I want to align my heart with my acts.

Explicitly knowing how you want to feel and behave keeps your actions and intentions aligned.

So do you have words you live by?

What are your personal commandments?

What core values, mindsets and mantras do you want to remind yourself of on a daily basis?

How you want to show up is entirely up to you.

Iris Rankin

Soulful questioner, exuberant organizer, here to find the balance between discipline and delicious relaxation. Iris Rankin is the founder of Project Intention, a values-based community focused on living day-to-day with purpose, planning, and heart. Iris encourages women to adopt the self care practices that make them feel divine, the planning tools to hone in on their essential wants and needs, and the emotional resilience to express their most authentic selves.

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