My Advice To You This New Year: Have a Code
“You, who are on the road, must have a code that you can live by.
And so become yourself because the past is just a goodbye.”
“A man must have a code.” – Bunk
“Oh, no doubt.” – Omar
Many of you are starting off this new year with ambitious resolutions, one or two of which fall into the work/life balance bucket: spend more time with family, spend less time at the office, etc.
In the coming weeks, I’ll hear from quite a few of you who are looking for advice on how to get a promotion, how to update their resume or many other requests that fall into the career category.
One Piece of Advice I Forget
It doesn’t matter where your career takes you. What does matter is that you must have a code and you must follow that code. Knowing your code and following your code will lead to:
- A reduction in sleepless nights
- More time for what you want – family, friends, travel, charity, etc
- Better quality decision making
Your code is simple, it is your values
Your values make up your code. And your code is your guide in a world where the “old ways” are being eviscerated.
I suspect that many of the people we see in scandalous headlines, either never established a code or they forgot their code. In my experience, few people run to the cliff and take a deep dive, instead, they take little steps and one day find themselves in a free fall they can’t get out of.
My career advice to you is simple this year: Know your code. Know your values.
When you make decisions without accounting for your values, you risk losing your way in the world. That is true in your personal and professional life, as this is a blog about work, I’ll stick with work.
Establish Your Values
There is a lot of information on the internet on how you can determine your values. But I recommend you work with a coach. I did not start working with a coach to establish my values, instead I wanted help making better career decisions. In the pursuit of better decision making and career choices, I established my values. Establishing my values was critical to helping me understand how I made prior decisions and how I could make better quality decisions in the future.
Live Your Values. Work Your Values.
Now that I’ve established my values, I try to keep them front and center on at least a weekly basis, if not a daily basis. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably seen this post or a similar one:
Sunday night or Monday morning, I think about the upcoming week: things I’m looking forward to and challenges. I know that keeping my values, my code, front and center will help me make good decisions. So, I pick a quote and write that quote on my office whiteboard where I see it every time I’m in my office. Then I share it to spread the word about living and working your values.
I will be doing that every week this year, of course you don’t have to do anything that public, but once you’ve established your values, make sure you have a ritual of some sort to keep them front and center.
I hope you find as much value from this as I did. If you want more information about my journey and/or the steps I took, please contact me. I would love to help you!
Have a successful New Year and thank you for taking time out of your day to read this blog.
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