3. Connecting Our Ideals to Practical Concepts
The following are some ideals with a short list of corresponding practical ideas.
Excellence: Planning; practicing; rehearsing; researching; realistically assessing abilities; concentration on the ideal; attentiveness to detail; foreseeing consequences; detachment from rewards; perseverance
Respect: Listening with eyes, ears and heart; express gratitude in word and action; speaking politely; recognizing and acknowledging the ideals and intentions of the other person
Love: Showing interest in the interests of the beloved; expressing one's feelings and thoughts to the beloved; respecting the feelings and thoughts of the other; symbolizing one's affection in the form of gifts; doing enjoyable activities together; expressing affection physically and verbally; listening to the unspoken feelings of the beloved; dialoguing about beliefs, values and hopes; planning future events both small and large; consulting each other in the decision making process
Cooperation: Staying mentally and emotionally ready to be of assistance; seeing the viewpoint of the other person; expressing one's viewpoint clearly and accurately; focusing on common goals; stating clear objectives on how to achieve goals
Truth: Facing reasons for doing something; expressing deepest feelings to oneself; choosing actions that express beliefs; speaking spontaneously without affectation; critically examining beliefs; researching to gain clear insights; dialoguing internally and with others to clarify ideas; identifying bias and prejudice
Identify the ideals and the practical concepts that pertain to your concern.
Visualize a person that exemplifies the ideal, and then complete the following sentence for each ideal.
Eg. A loyal person is one who ________________________
Ideal: Practical Concept(s):
Personal power _________________________________
Other _________ _________________________________