It Starts With Choices: Principles vs Desires

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Brian Kight

One of the things I work the hardest on for you is to provide frameworks, structures, and templates you can integrate into your unique life. Your life is different than mine. It’s different from the thousands of other people reading this today. What is irrelevant to someone else’s life might be essential to yours.

Frameworks help you follow timeless truths but figure out your own way. It’s important to me, but more important for you, that you work to discover how to use these tools for your purpose. I believe it’s important for you to do that. I believe it’s important for everyone.

With that in mind, here’s a four-question framework you can use to make more confident decisions and create more fulfilling experiences:

  • Is a reliable, lasting principle at the core of this decision or is it more of an unreliable, temporary desire?
  • If I wasn’t triggered by external factors, would I intentionally seek out this decision based on my values and needs?
  • In the future (a week, a month, a year, a decade) will this decision, and the desire attached to it, be more or less important to me and my life?
  • Which is going to be my driving force in this decision: my desires or my principles?

Everything is training for something. Do the work.

PS - A large assumption in this note is that you’ve chosen a clear and strong set of principles to live from, otherwise principles tend to take on the shape of whatever desires you feel in that moment.

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