A couple months ago, I started working with JetBlue as a consultant/business partner in a Project Management position. On the first day I stepped through the door, the first thing that greeted me in the reception area was a wall of art with several words written on it. This same identical wall was also visible all throughout the building. By the end of the day, I realized that the five words on all of those walls are the same. Those simple but meaningful words beautifully painted on the wall are: Safety, Caring, Integrity, Fun and Passion.
Now why is this exercise important?
Over the years, my values have led me to initiate several projects and allowed me to make many of my major decisions without any regret. Today, they serve as a filter and a guide when deciding what to invest my time in. Since I know what values I want to live by I understand my priorities better and feel better making my decisions.
Do I falter and miss the mark some times? You bet! But I strive every day to live by those values. In Michael Hyatt’s article “12 Ways to Know you’re a Leader”, one of the characteristics he covered is “You Walk your talk [as a leader] – not perfectly but sincerely and intentionally”. That’s what I strive to do and I hope you join me in doing the same.
The writing on your wall cannot be fuzzy and unclear if you want to live and lead with intention. So today I ask you: What is the “writing on your wall”?
I’m sure you’re wondering what mines are. I have four major ones. I want to keep it simple; so it’s not a long list.
1. Integrity – Trust and Character
2. Continuous Growth and Improvement – Growing myself & others.
3. Passion – Enjoying what I do and why I do it.
4. Positivity – Keeping a healthy attitude in everything I do and all of my interactions.