I became fascinated with the Army Ranger’s Creed the first time I read it. I love the concept of (and coach people in) creating what their life is for. What is important to you in your life? What do you stand for?
While I was coaching courses I created the following creed for who I am. I pulled it out and updated it last week, and at the request of a friend, I am sharing it with you. I read this on a regular basis to ground myself in what really matters to me, as it is easy for me to forget.
This is a communication to let you know who I am, what I am up to, and what I can be relied upon for. I am an interruption in the lives of the people I meet, allowing them to choose how the next moment goes. I am fun, allowing everyone around me to be insignificant and drama-free. I am a Coach of Coaches and a Leader of Leaders, listening and creating the people I am in contact with as heroes, giants, and Gandhis.
My life is created around having myself and others enjoy every part of our lives. I get to do personal development coaching for clients around the globe, giving them new outlooks on responsibility, communication, integrity and fact vs. belief that leave them happier and with greater success in their lives. I formed a company designing and inventing games for businesses, allowing adults to play as they did when they were children, while learning what makes competition fun and successful in the “real” world. I have a wonderful girlfriend named Andrea that I get the pleasure of living with and practicing the five things we say are most important to our relationship: Communication, Joy, Excitement, Passion, and Listening For Each Other’s Greatness. I have created my world as an exceptional life, not in the sense that it is better than a normal one, rather in the sense that it is truly a life “full of exceptions”.
What I am promising is never to let someone’s word go unheard or unlistened to. I will be in communication and will not accept that there is ever a “lesser of two evils”. I will listen to those around me as incredible and will clean up when I don’t. I will insist that everyone have a positive experience in each moment of their life and that no one should do anything they don’t want to do. I will be ravenous for anything that inspires and will keep present that I don’t know what comes next. I will continuously give up “Being Superior” to allow possibilities to be present. I will keep creating and requesting that others create and examine the structures in life that support what I and they are actually committed to.
I often forget that I love people and that I simply have a vision for the world that isn’t here yet. It is a vision where everyone insists that their neighbor have an incredible life and where disagreements are simply different points of view instead of universal truths. When I forget that I love people you become objects. Some of you are obstacles (objects that impede me) and some of you are tools (objects that help me or give me knowledge), but you are all objects just the same. When I am in that space I get to be alone, unwanted and unliked, and I don’t have to be responsible for my experience of life. What it costs me is my love and affinity for me, you, them, everybody, and it keeps my vision from coming true. It simply isn’t worth that tradeoff and I will continue to create structures that remind me of that.
Thanks for reading, and for giving me the opportunity to be who I say I am with you. I hope it has connected you with who you say you are and that it makes your day brighter. While I may not have ever met you, I love you and appreciate your time and attention. I don’t know how many people need to share my vision to have that world become reality. I know I don’t need all seven billion, and maybe I just need one more. Maybe it’s you.
My default point of view is not what is written above. This is, however, who I say I really am. I get a choice at every moment to be true to my creed (to be me), or not (to be on automatic). Reading my creed on a regular basis helps me remember that.