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“It’s not only moving that creates new starting points.  Sometimes, all it takes is a subtle shift in perspective, an opening of the mind, and intentional pause and reset, or a new route to start to see new options and new possibilities.” – Kristin Armstrong

Spring means new beginnings, moving forward, and weeding out old belief systems that no longer fit.  It’s time to replace them with new and healthier ones.

Therefore, why not create your own personal creed?

A personal creed, or sometimes referred to as a “credo,” is a roadmap for you to follow; it’s something you remember reminding you of who you are and what you believe as well as your purpose in life.  Essentially, it is a direction for living.

If you have one, great, and I hope it works for you.  If not, maybe it’s time to develop one.  Here’s an easy four step plan to do just that!

1  Begin with a Notebook & Pen

That’s simple enough.  You may even want a pretty notebook and colored pens to use.  Enjoy the process. 

2  Find a Quiet, Beautiful Place 

I recommend a place that is beautiful and comfortable.  This place could be in your home, a coffee shop, or a park.  Do not go to your office or any place that reminds you of work.

3  Ask Yourself Questions

Here are a few suggestions, and there are plenty of websites for developing a personal creed.

What are your values?

What is your purpose in life?

What do you believe?

How do you describe your relationships with your family and friends?

4  Don’t Overcomplicate It

Developing a personal creed doesn’t have to be a complicated process.  Keep it simple.  You may just want to write one short statement that is a guide for you.  In this instance, Google is your best friend.

My personal creed is just four statements.  Eight years ago, my personal creed or platform statements came to me while I was on a retreat; my brother had just passed away.

Nothing matters except the love we share in our hearts.

Time is a precious resource.

As I go forward in faith, I am always led in the right direction.

God’s will is not linear.

Always remember you are the best, don’t take crumbs, and there’s always hope.

Go forth with excitement and enthusiasm.  Be at peace.

Dr. Deborah Westin is the Director of the English Language Bridge Program at Longwood University where she teaches international students English and USA Culture.  As a Fulbright Scholar, Deborah taught at the University of Chile.  She enjoys living life to the fullest, takes risks, and no longer quits. Deborah loves connecting people to make the world a better place to live.  ContactWebsiteFacebookLinkedInVidoyenTwitter

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