Many years ago, inspired by Steven
Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, I created
a personal mission statement. In order to fulfill that mission, I
also developed a set of 'Operating Principles'. I think of these
operating principles as the yardsticks by which I know how closely
I am living that mission. Although these are very personal,
I choose to share them hoping to inspire you to develop your own.
1. I Recognize God in Everyone
I unconditionally love and accept others, and in so doing I
unconditionally love and accept God and myself. I respect, without
judgment or reservation, the beliefs and decisions of others as
well as their right to those beliefs and decisions.
2. I Walk What I Talk
All of my actions are in harmony with my innermost beliefs and
values. I keep all commitments I make to myself and others.
3. I Seek Excellence in All I Do
I approach every aspect of my life with the sincere desire to do
the very best I can, using the appropriate combination of skills,
talents and resources to produce superior results.
4. I Inspire through Example
I use all of the love, talent and wisdom within me to maximize my
potential and to experience life as a rich tapestry, full of love,
joy, wonder, abundance and mystery.
5. I Empower through Love
I use all the love, talent and wisdom within me to serve others by
helping them uncover the wisdom, strength and power within
themselves. I give each person what they need in whatever form
they are most comfortable receiving it. I am able to impact
every-larger groups of people while maintaining time and space for
6. I Alone Am Responsible for My
I gracefully accept the responsibility for everything present in
my life today and graciously claim the power to create everything
in my life tomorrow. I employ my imagination, conscience,
independent will and self-awareness to create a joyful, harmonious
and integrated life. I recognize my greatest power as being the
freedom to choose, in every
situation. I consciously, proactively determine the best
alternative and most appropriate response, basing my decisions on
conscience educated by principles.
7. I Embrace the Journey
I interpret all of life's experiences as opportunities for
learning, growth and contribution. I choose to move without
faltering on an upward spiral of growth and change, improving
continuously. I desire at all times to be free of limitation.
8. I Honor My Spiritual Self
I am a clear and open channel for God's divine peace, love and
light. I carry the inner peace of being connected to God's
abundance and energy into every moment of my life.
9. I Honor My Physical Self
I am a radiant expression of God. I am perfectly attuned to the
needs of my body and joyously respond to those needs. I nurture
myself with healthy food, rest, exercise and relaxation. My life
is full of grace, comfort and
cleanliness. I enjoy financial security. I recognize that material
abundance is a manifestation of the richness of my true self and
does not represent a choice between having and being.
10. I Honor My Emotional Self
In all relationships, I freely give and graciously receive love,
nurturing and support. Honesty is the cornerstone of all my
relationships. I enjoy a
warm, loving relationship with a principle- centered person who
cherishes me. Our relationship is based on sharing, and choosing
to share, our lives, our time and our space with each other.
11. I Honor My Mental Self
I seek to constantly expand my knowledge and awareness of life by
regular exposure to new thoughts, ideas, people and places. I
explore the world, joyously and without fear.
Louise Morganti Kaelin
Life Success Coach who partnered with others to help them turn
their dreams into reality. She passed away in 2011.