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Universal Values to be Grateful For

Universal Values to be Grateful For

Happy Thanksgiving!

In many homes across the globe people are giving thanks, and talking about those people, places and things they appreciate and are most grateful for. It’s a wonderful Thanksgiving Day practice, one that would transform us all into kinder, gentler, and more appreciative human beings if only we did it more often.

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Seven days ago, I asked you to “choose values” to help you “get everything else you need to be successful.” In honor of the day, I’d like to share the thanks I give, for the Hawaiian yet universal values of Managing with Aloha, for they are available to us all. To have them, we only need decide to live them, and the fact that we can seize them so easily, branding them as our own, is in itself quite a lot to be thankful for!

—I give thanks for the value of unconditional love and acceptance, for Aloha.
—I give thanks for the value of industriousness, and worthwhile work, for Ho‘ohana.
—I give thanks for the value of creativity and decisiveness in life, for ‘Imi ola.
—I give thanks for the value of persistence and perseverance, for Ho‘omau.
—I give thanks for the value of achievement and excellence, for Kūlia i ka nu‘u.
—I give thanks for the value of hospitality and generosity, for Ho‘okipa.
—I give thanks for the value of family and community, for ‘Ohana.
—I give thanks for the value of collaboration and harmony, for Lōkahi.
—I give thanks for the value of inclusiveness and togetherness, for Kākou.
—I give thanks for the value of responsibility and ownership, for Kuleana.
—I give thanks for the value of learning and mastery, for ‘Ike loa.
—I give thanks for the value of humility and modesty, for Ha‘aha‘a.
—I give thanks for the value of dignity and respect, for Ho‘ohanohano.
—I give thanks for the value of initiative and leadership, for Alaka‘i.
—I give thanks for the value of caring and compassion, for Mālama.
—I give thanks for the value of appreciation and gratitude, for Mahalo.
—I give thanks for the value of integrity, honesty and truth, for Nānā i ke kumu.
—I give thanks for the value of rightness and balance, for Pono.
—I give thanks for the value of hope and promise, for Ka lā hiki ola.

Be thankful that you have the ability to choose from life-shaping values such as these, understanding that they are but a few of your choices. You choose them in the everyday ways that define your behavior, your dignity, and your sense of worth. You define you, and for that capacity you have to create the very best of possibilities in life, give thanks and live in joy.

What are the values that have helped shaped your life, the ones that you are most grateful for?

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What will the next action you take be in celebration of them?

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Rosa Say

is the author of Managing with Aloha, Bringing Hawaii’s Universal Values to the Art of Business and the Talking Story blog. She is the founder of Say Leadership Coaching, a company dedicated to bringing nobility to the working arts of management and leadership. For more on the universal values of Managing with Aloha, click to the linked index in the left column of www.ManagingWithAloha.com


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5 Reasons Why You Should Always Be Yourself

5 Reasons Why You Should Always Be Yourself

When it comes to being yourself, there can be a lot of pressure from the outside world as it tries to influence who you are. Living in a society that is constantly developing, it’s important for you to always be yourself from the inside out. When you deeply know yourself and the boundaries that you have set, you are more likely to experience a fulfilling and rewarding life. Without knowing yourself and establishing those boundaries, you can easily be pushed around and end up on a dirt path.

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” – Matthew 7:13-14

You have the option of taking the path that is broad or taking the path that is narrow. You can either conform to what life wants you to be, or have the courage to remain true to yourself throughout the years. It’s definitely a challenge to have a strong sense of self when we are constantly getting distracted and being influenced by the media and society’s way of life. But if you want to reach your fullest potential in life, it all starts with being yourself.

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Why should you always be yourself?

Because you will:

  1. Live in alignment with your values and beliefs. Being yourself is all about knowing what you believe in and the values that you live by. When you are not yourself, you will take on the values and beliefs of others. This is when you start conforming to other people’s expectations and way of thinking. When you know your values and why you do what you do, you will live according to your own values and beliefs.
  2. Establish your own identity. When you are able to have a solid foundation of being you, you are establishing your own sense of identity. No matter what happens in your life, you will always know who you are. There will be times where you may feel lost or distracted, but if you have your own identity you’ll be able to get back on the right path. Without establishing your own identity, you may easily conform and lose yourself.
  3. Build courage. It takes a great amount of courage when you decide to take the path that goes against the crowd. The reason why the majority of people take the broad path is because it’s easy. It’s easy to just follow the crowd. It’s more of a challenge when you stay true to yourself and establish your own identity. This challenge of always being yourself takes courage and inner strength. No matter what comes your way, you’ll know how to handle it.
  4. Establish boundaries. When you are always yourself, you know what your limits are and the boundaries that you have set for yourself. When people cross your boundaries, you will know. But if you don’t establish boundaries, people may very well walk all over you and take advantage of you. If you are always yourself and you establish boundaries, you are more likely to be aware when people start taking advantage of you. Create and establish your boundaries.
  5. Find focus and direction. When you are always yourself, you are more likely to have focus and direction in your life. Imagine someone who is constantly conforming to other people’s expectations. Do you think this person has focus and direction? I don’t think so. When you stay true to who you are, you are more likely to know the goals you want to accomplish and how to go about accomplishing them. You are able to stay focused and know which direction to take in order for you to accomplish your goals.

No matter what you experience in life, the only person that will always remain constant is you.

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