Hello, everyone! We hope all is well, and would like to thank you all for your patience. Here is an old post we were working on, but never got to finish. It touches on values, beliefs, and how our logo captures what we want to represent. Enjoy!
Some time ago, we discussed establishing your family’s identity, and developing your family’s core values. So, today we will go into more detail what I mean when I say values or beliefs.
The best example that I have to share with you comes from a very inspirational man. You may know him for his famous adventure races, the Spartan Race, or the Spartan Death Race. His name is Joe DeSena, and is the author of the book Spartan Up.
To be quite honest, much of the inspiration for developing The Warrior Family came from listening to discussions featuring this gentlemen, and listening to how simply living by a firm set of values, led him to be the owner of a million dollar business in his early twenties (a business that he started at the age of 14), and eventually owning several other successful businesses which led him to be able to impact so many lives with his adventure races.
If you take note of our logo, you will notice three arrows, enclosed in a circle. This design is influenced by DeSena’s explanation of values and beliefs. To paraphrase, the circle represents a target – your values. The arrows represent your beliefs. In order for you to be successful in life, your beliefs have to be aligned toward meeting your values – your target. For example, if my value was to raise a healthy family, but my beliefs were that I can eat low quality food, and repeatedly skip days at the gym, my arrows would seldom hit the target, resulting in failure. On the other hand, using the same value (raising a healthy family), if I were to purchase only healthy foods, exercise as a family multiple times a week, and establish an atmosphere where physical activity is a major means of entertainment, I would have been successful at ensuring my arrows are hitting my target – success!
This is why our family goals, or values, are all set using actions statements. To recap, our values are to get strong, and smart, so that we can help other people. Since these values are all action statements, it is simple to identify whether or not my beliefs will produce a desired end state. As I said, we all wish to get strong, so we all exercise together several times weekly. We all desire to get smart, so my wife and I are both taking online college courses, and both of our boys are avid readers. Lastly, we all desire to help people – that is where you come in. When I told my family about my aspiration to start what would soon be known as The Warrior Family, they were all in! My family knows how quick I am to pull over on the side of the road to lend someone a helping hand, or how often we have friends coming over asking for advice, or just wanting someone to truly listen to them. I told each one of them some time ago that, though we are not perfect, we all have the ability to influence people and help them become outstanding. So, that is exactly what we do – and is precisely what we want to do with you.
So, what are your values and beliefs? Take some time out of your schedule to write down what your target values are, and evaluate your current beliefs. Are your beliefs bringing you on target? Or, are you falling short, and in need for a makeover? Now is the time! If you wait for things to be just right, you will wait forever. Like an old Chinese proverb states, “When in need of shade, the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the next best time is right now”.