In The Devil Wears Prada, tough boss Miranda Priestly is an impressive fashion editor who has worked her way up from a poor childhood. She’s at the top of her game, so it’s safe to say her abilities are unparalleled and she’s admired by a lot of people.
Her choices in life, however, are less admirable. Her personality is cutthroat and cold, and most of her staff would say her treatment of them is something akin to emotional and psychological abuse. Everyone around her exists in a perpetual state of terror, misery, or both.
For those of you who have read the book or seen the movie, which defines Miranda Priestly more aptly: her choices or her abilities? I think you might agree that it’s her choice in behavior for which we remember this character, not her abilities as a fashion editor.
Miranda Priestly serves to show us that in life, your choices matter far more than your abilities.
Choices stem from core values. Abilities don’t.
Your core values come into play with every choice you make. But abilities? They don’t stem from your heart, where your values lie. They stem from whether or not you were given a natural skill at birth and how much you practiced something to get better at it.
You can have rotten values to the core, but still be incredibly impressive at archery, for example. Which tells the real story of who you are? How would you rather be defined? Do you want the compassionate and generous choices you’ve chosen to act upon to define you, or the fact that you’re’ not the greatest karaoke singer or the most successful investor?
We make bad choices when we don’t follow our hearts and values fly out the window.
J.K. Rowling puts it very nicely:
“It is our choices, that show what we truly are far more than our abilities.” – J.K Rowling (Billionaire Author) – to believe in ourselves and make choices that are right for us, not the choices that others believe we should make.
Choosing is how we live intentionally.
Making choices is how we avoid bad things and seek out good things in life. When you have a blueprint for life, and your choices grow out of that plan, you have a greater chance at living a purposeful, happy and healthy life.
With all your choices, simply refer the decision to your higher self and you’ll know your core values will drive your decision. That’s when the choices you make will begin to make you happier and they might even make the world a better place.
Do you make your choices based on your values? Do your values drive your decisions?