We’re part of Accelerent, a business development organization. Every quarter the organization hosts a breakfast event and brings in a keynote speaker to share words of wisdom to the upwards of 400 attendees. This quarter’s speaker was Hyrum W. Smith, creator of the Franklin Day Planner. Rachel wrote the other week about the concept of planning out your day.
Some of you may remember the Franklin Day Planner – it was popular in the days before our computers and cellphones kept all our important records, phone numbers, calendars, etc. I was a big fan of the planner – carried it with me wherever I went. Every year my mom and I would go to the store at MetroCenter to purchase the next year’s inserts. Oh happy day!
Smith is now the chairman and CEO of 3Gaps, a training company. Basically, there are three places where gaps exist in our lives. And when there is a gap, we feel guilt, frustration, pain and have difficulty moving forward. The three gaps are:
He shared some anecdotes about each one, but focused the majority of his discussion on The Value Gap. He asked each of us to write our personal constitution, focusing on The Values Gap. In order to do that you need to identify your governing values (the things you’ll risk everything for), develop a clarifying statement for the values and then prioritize those values.
So how do you decide what are your governing values? He said think of it as the one thing you’ll “cross the I-beam” for. He set up a few scenarios to consider:
An exaggeration to prove the point, perhaps, but he wanted us to really consider what is important to us, important enough to risk everything. That is how you know what your governing values are and the basis for your personal constitution. He closed his talk with this video about a father and son. The father put into action his personal constitution and shared his experiences with Hyrum. Fair warning: you’ll be teary-eyed when it is over.
So what will your cross the I-beam for?