When having a conversation with some friends, we talked about the motto we live by. My engineer friend shared that his personal motto was, “Plan your work. Work your plan.” As an engineer, this motto served him well both in his career and his personal life. My creative interior designer friend shared that her motto is, “I think I can. I know I can.” She is often challenged to come up with new creative designs and she always tells herself that she can do it. My personal motto is simple, “Figure it out. Make it happen.” As a business owner and coach, I am often challenged to figure out how to make things happen.
I have since asked others about their personal motto. To my surprise, most people have one. If they cannot articulate it, they have a sense of what it is. We all live by a personal code. Even if we do not put it into words our personal motto guides us through life.
I believe we all live by a personal motto spoken or not. All you have to do is look at how you live your life to discover what it is. Your motto will be weaved within every action that you take. My coach is actually the person who pointed out that I often said that I would figure it out and make it work. I started listening to myself as I went through my day and found I actually said those words many times during the day. My motto was so integrated into my life that I didn’t realize it. My guess is the same is true for you.
What is your personal motto?
Live the Day
Can you articulate your personal motto? If not, listen to yourself for the next week. What do you tell yourself? What words do you use to encourage yourself? Write down in your journal what words of encouragement you use. Ask your friends and family what they think your personal motto is. Often, others are more aware of what motto we live by than we are. Once you discover your motto, write it down and keep it where you can see it.
Daily Success Formula
Personal Motto = Words to live by
“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” Special Olympics Motto
“Be Prepared.” Boy Scout Motto
“The only easy day was yesterday.” USN SEAL HQ motto