Updated: Dec 30, 2022
The first thing you have to do before going on a hike is to know where the beginning and end points are. You also need an understanding of what steps will take you there, including how much time each step may require and any obstacles in your way (such as steep terrain).
This holds for businesses too! Within your business, there are essential pieces: Vision, mission, purpose, and immutable laws.
What are Immutable Laws?
Immutable laws are your core values, ethics, and rules you use to govern your life and business. These guidelines will help you navigate life's challenges and choices. They will be your North Star, helping you stay aligned with your highest self.
Whether you own a small or large business, you should operate with immutable laws. It’s powerful and impactful to write down your immutable laws and communicate them to your team and clients.
There are two simple questions to ask when identifying what your Immutable Laws are.
Question 1: What makes you upset?
We all have things that bother us. Maybe it’s your neighbor’s loud music or how your client emails you in the middle of the night and expects a quick response. Or perhaps it’s something bigger, like discrimination.
Whatever it is, it can tell you much about your beliefs. Your values are important to you, and it can upset us when we see them violated.
By taking time to identify the principle, morals, or ethics that bother us, we can start to figure out our immutable laws.
Question 2: What lights you up?
Another way to identify your Immutable Laws is by thinking about what excites you. What are the things that make you feel truly alive and inspired? When you take the time to connect with what brings you joy, you can begin to get a sense of what your deepest values are.
Take some time to reflect on what excites you. What lights you up? Why does it light you up? And what core value does it reflect?
My Immutable laws are to take ownership of myself, have integrity in all my dealings, and be profit-minded with my business. When I’m focused on making a profit, I can use those additional funds to serve and help more people.