Capitulation is the evidence of mental weakness.

I’m convinced that modern society’s overall inability to stand firm with fortitude, strength, and courage is frankly sad, embarrassing, and deeply concerning.

So, why is the disease of mental weakness spreading so rapidly in our world today? Why do the masses spinelessly surrender when things get slightly difficult? Several reasons, but I keep coming back to this phenomenal quote from Eleanor Roosevelt:

“To be mature, you have to realize what you value most. It is extraordinary that comparatively few people reach this level of maturity. They seem never to have paused to consider what has value for them. They spend great effort and sometimes make great sacrifices for values that, fundamentally, meet no real needs of their own… Not to arrive at a clear understanding of one’s own values is a tragic waste. You have missed the whole point of what life is for.”

We’ve been teaching this Value Discovery process for several years, here are the four steps:

Identify What You Hate:

Part 1 Overview: When you see it in yourself or others, what is most abhorrent to you? Identifying what you can’t stand will help you pinpoint what you stand for.

Identify What You Want to Be Known For: 

Part 2 Overview: If you could only put three things on your tombstone, what do you want them to be? How do you want to be remembered? Why?

Identify What You are Known for Now:

Part 3: Go through our “How Do Others Experience Me Experiment” which will help you take inventory of your current behavior gaps.

Plan to Close the Gap: 

Part 4 Overview: Use the slight edge approach to build a strategic plan to make progress towards your desired reality.

Final Thought: “Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.” -Alexander Hamilton

Have a great weekend!

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