GOne of the best places to start working on your guiding statement is to look back at those things you circled as valuable to you on page 39 of this chapter. If you value something, it may appear in your guiding statement. For example, if you circled the words Respect, Giving, and Optimistic among those you value, this is a basis for your statement. A guiding statement based on these words might read:
“I will live my life as a positive, upbeat, motivated person who respects others and enjoys giving to others on a daily basis.”
If your circled words included Integrity, Truth, and Fairness, your statement may read:
“My integrity is the most important thing in my life and I will never act in any way that compromises my integrity. I will be truthful, fair, and honest in all my endeavors.”
More simply, your guiding statement may read something like:
“Be reliable,” “Live optimistically,” or “Never give up.”
1. Guiding Statement as written on page 42 of this chapter:
2. HOW WILL YOUR GUIDING STATEMENT HELP…
a. If you have a disagreement with your supervisor at work.
b. If your class paper or project receives a failing grade from your professor.
c. If you are having a disagreement with someone for whom you care deeply (friend, spouse, partner, parent, work associate, etc. . . .).
d. If you see that someone is struggling and having a hard time “making it”.
e. Now that you have had a chance to apply your guiding statement to several simulations, on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being not effective at all and 10 being very effective), how would you rate its effectiveness to you and to those involved? Why? Discuss.
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