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Governing Values as Your Vision for Yourself
From the company's Forms Wizard worksheet on Governing Values:
Benjamin Franklin had a three-step method for planning, and it all began with discovering his values. He first determined what his values were, prioritized his values, and then clarified each. Oftentimes values and priorities are used synonymously because our values are the top priorities in our lives. But by ordering his values in sequence, Benjamin Franklin was able to decide which areas of his life needed the most focus at a particular time. Prioritizing didn't mean that he believed one value was more important that another, it simply gave him structure so that he could focus on the most compelling values first.
Notice that the company encourages the use of "I" statements and positive, present tense verbs to articulate your own Governing Values. The sum total of your Governing Values constitutes your vision for your Authentic Self. Lindsay Perigo, Founder and Principal of SOLO, loves to quote Shakespeare's famous passage, "To thine own self be true." The Governing Values methodology allows you to identify your Authentic Self consciously and explicitly and provides planning and tracking tools to empower you to achieve that personal vision.
Governing Values as Manifestations of Self-Esteem
The Franklin Day Planner became the most popular day planner in the world through its strong appeal to self-actualization. Their fully integrated day planner interlocks Governing Values with traditional tools like an appointment calendar with a prioritized daily task list and a full blank page for recording notes, commitments, etc. These all come in a two-page-per-day format that made planning, tracking and executing a snap.
This proven method for conscious formation and effective execution of a personal vision has provided a powerful and life-changing experience for many thousands of Franklin Quest customers. Ayn Rand herself would likely argue that a person's Long-Range Goals, Intermediate Steps and Daily Tasks should reflect his own chosen Governing Values. Franklin Quest has positively changed many lives.
Governing Values as Drivers of Emotions
Ayn Rand noted that emotions result from rapid and automated responses to subconscious value judgments. To borrow from the statement of corporate philosophy of the Objectivism-influenced financial giant BB&T:
The Role of EmotionsA critical principle of great utility that Franklin Covey delivers its customers amounts to this statement: Properly identified, validated and actualized Governing Values lead to emotional harmony and inner peace.
Governing Values as Subject to Test and Revision over Time
To be valid, a Governing Value must ultimately offer a long range life affirming benefit to its practitioner. As ethical propositions, Governing Values constitute a subset of a person's total set of beliefs, i.e. his philosophy. The discipline of philosophy studies existence and man's relationship to existence. Tests of the truth or falsehood of given belief or principle within a philosophy have remained the subject of debate for millennia. Fortunately, Franklin Quest developed a layman's version of such philosophical discourse that employs a diagram called the Reality Model. Nearly anyone of reasonable intelligence can grasp this model and quickly use it to examine, test and revise his own beliefs for his own benefit. A forthcoming article will provide a summary of its power.
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