6 Tips for Developing Your Personal Philosophy
Developing your personal philosophy is one of the most important practices which will help you to find your path in life. Religions, books, personal development tools provide strategies and insights to create greater understanding of your life and yourself.
Once you have a greater depth of who you are, you are ready to develop your own personal philosophy in life.
This philosophy, your philosophy will help you to make the right decisions, be true to yourself and find happiness and meaning and purpose in the process.
Here are 6 tips to help you develop your personal philosophy.
1. Set principles to live by. Principles are ‘’elements’’ which are important to you. For example my principles are forgiveness, letting go, acceptance, non judgment and re-framing my beliefs. I recommend using 4 to 5 principles which you apply in different areas of your life. Once you master a principle, you can change it to a new one. This will help you to keep growing and expanding.
2. Make decisions according to your values. Your values are part of your spiritual DNA. It defines what you value important. The difference between principles and values are: principles is something you adopt from external, values are internal that determines who you are and what is important for you on a spiritual level.
3. Find a mentor or life guide to support you. Developing and practicing your Personal Philosophy needs input and feedback. Finding your path in life, making decisions true to yourself and doing the right ‘’ethical’’ thing for yourself requires insight. We are human beings and we make mistakes. Sometimes we make mistakes towards others and sometimes to ourselves. A mentor or life guide can help us reflect and create insights on how we can grow and mature towards the next level of personal and spiritual growth.
4. Develop your purpose and let it evolve over time. Update your purpose as you grow in life. A purpose is not fixed, a purpose evolves. Your personal philosophy should evolve with you as your purpose expands.
5. Reframe your beliefs. Beliefs are perceptions of your reality. Some of them will be true, some of them might not be serving you. A practice to develop your personal philosophy is to question and challenge your thinking. Be open to other people’s perspective which can help you to change yours (if necessary) or it can expand your thinking.
6. Be patient. Life evolves, it is not a race, it is a journey. By being patient you are able to live in the present moment and enjoy the journey much more. Patience may be required in your relationship, your work or spiritual growth. Patience allows us to be an observer of our self and life. Our Monk will help us and let us know when it’s time to make a decision by using it’s intuition. Be patient and let your intuition guide you.
Your Personal Philosophy is never fixed, it develops and evolves overtime. Use external resources to get ideas on what kind of philosophies or principles you’d like to adopt. At the end of the day no one external can tell you what your path is, you have to find it. No one can give happiness to you, you have to cultivate it from within. No can give you the answers in life, but you can cultivate them from within.
Your personal philosophy in life can help you do this. Good luck!
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About the Author
Raf Adams – The Suited Monk, is a practical philosopher helping people align their internal and external self and find their path in life. He has been living in China for 10 years, doing workshops and seminars, and is the author of The Suited Monk and Suited Monk Leadership.
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