Monday, January 23, 2012

Effectively Using Your Personal GPS (Guiding Principles System)

Welcome to 2012!  At the beginning of a New Year, it is a common practice to consider one's goals and aspirations, which often get translated into resolutions.  Too often, we have the disappointing experience of falling short of accomplishing these resolutions.  Many times, we begin pursuing our goals with energy and enthusiasm, only to end us running out of steam or getting derailed.

Perhaps the problem is not having a strong foundation for what we truly want; are willing to commit to; and for which we are able to persevere.  Nurturing our spirituality by  listening to our inner voice allows our "GPS" or Guiding Principles System to provide us with clarity, insight and direction.  This process can activate stronger motivation and commitment.  When we honor our personal "GPS", a sense of peace and contentment with our decisions and actions can be experienced that derives from that deeper spiritual place, where we feel centered and grounded.  Such feelings and realizations enable us to see that we are on the right path.

Our Guiding Principles System is comprised of our sense of:
  • Spirituality
  • Purpose
  • Passion
  • Morality
  • Integrity
  • Standards
  • Values
  • Ethics

In order to access our "GPS", it is essential that we engage in quieting and centering exercises and practices.  When we stop, take time out, and turn down the outside noise, we can connect with and nurture our inner spirit.  We strengthen this spiritual skill when we practice it regularly.

Practices and exercises to nurture our inner spirit and access our "GPS" include:
  • Praying
  • Journaling
  • Meditation
  • Quiet Reflection
  • Communing with Nature
  • Nurturing Our Senses (Touch, Smell, Hearing, Seeing, and Taste)
So, go to your spiritual source and activate and nurture your personal "GPS". Allow it to guide you on your tailor made journey to peace and contentment. 

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