We all have guiding principles we use to move through our lives, whether we are aware of them or not. These may come from our faith, our family, our career, our peers, or our observations about the world. These principles guide our thoughts, words, and actions. In Faithwalking, when we talk about guiding principles, we are referring to consciously and carefully chosen guiding principles that we can have access to in moments of anxiety. In order to identify the most effective guiding principles, it’s important to understand what they are and why we need them.
Guiding principles that we have carefully considered, written down, and memorized give us access to our best self. We are our best self when we are calm and thinking clearly. Guiding principles that we have thoughtfully chosen allow us to be the person we want to be in every situation - to "show up" in each situation as our best self. Guiding principles enable us to respond thoughtfully rather than merely react to our anxiety in the ways that we typically react. To be useful in times of high anxiety, our guiding principles must be clear, compelling, and easily accessible to us.
In this course, Ken Shuman takes you through the process of understanding more clearly what a guiding principle is, why we need guiding principles, and how to develop and define your guiding principles.
This course will equip you to define and begin living into your guiding principles, so that you can live a more thoughtful and intentional life.
What are guiding principles?
Why do I need guiding principles?
How do I develop and define my guiding principles?
Three 20-minute instructional videos, and assignments and worksheets to guide you as you apply your learning and develop your guiding principles
There are no prerequisites to take this course - no previous Faithwalking experience or coursework is required. This is a completely self-contained course.
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This was so helpful. I get concerned with getting "the right principles" right away. Thanks for the reminder that developing guiding principles is always a process and always "trying it on."Andrew
The content was short, sweet and focused. The homework was accessible, and I now have a pyramid of guiding principles ready to be fleshed out in a narrative. I am further down the road and this course was helpful in getting there. Thanks!Andy