Ok, so think of something that sucks. Can you feel that? Now think of something that’s awesome. Feel that too. I’m betting you’d like more of that second, less of the first.
Well, I recently came up with a simple guiding principle to help me make decisions, choose directions, and turn down the suck:
THE AWESOME PRINCIPLE
If it’s not awesome, chuck it. People. Jobs. Places. Stuff. If it makes you happy, challenges you, adds something to your life, brings you pizza, keep it. It’s that simple. Surround yourself with awesome, and you can’t be anything but.
THE KEYS TO AWESOME
Obviously I can’t just hand you the keys and let you drive off the lot with it. For The Principle to work for you, there are 2 caveats:
1. It’s your ‘awesome’
My awesome and your awesome isn’t the same. Don’t take someone else’s awesome and try to make it yours. Feel it. Make sure you’re going after whatever reverberates as awesome in your core and keep checking in on that in case it shifts to anything less along the way. If and when it does, adjust accordingly.
2. You wear the pants
The good and the bad — it’s all yours. You’re in charge of everything. If you don’t like something, change it. If someone else doesn’t like what you love, forget ’em. Remember that you can do whatever you want, so long as it’s awesome, always. No one else is in your way. You are.
Does it sound stupid simple? It is. Which is what makes it so hard. It’s easy to go with the flow and end up at not-awesome. It’s hard to actively choose. To say no. To stick with it. But it gets easier. And things get awesomer.