Your philosophy is your set of values that underlies everything you do. You may think “a life philosophy” is some grandiose notion that doesn’t apply to you– you don’t have one, and you don’t need one. You DO have a philosophy, whether you know it or not. Your work ethic, your goals, your direction—all of these contribute to who you are and your philosophy. If you don’t think about any of these ideas and you don’t want to, that’s a philosophy too.

There will be times when your philosophy is challenged. Perhaps it’s the opportunity to take a shortcut by acting less than moral. Perhaps it’s stabbing someone in the back who helped you get to where you are.

Make your philosophy “your policy.” For some reason, people don’t mess with policy. Think about stores: “No returns—that’s the policy.” When your philosophy becomes your policy that means you abide by it all the time, no matter what. It’s not even up for debate, which makes temptation less likely to creep in.

TAKEAWAY– Develop your philosophy and stick to it. It will be tested when you are not expecting it. Write it out and make it your policy. 100% is easier to maintain than 99%.

This excerpt was adapted from the book Life Choices: Pursuing Your Passion of which Jeff is a co-author.  Jeff Civillico is a Las-Vegas based headline entertainer who blends his perfected art of juggling with friendly audience interaction and insane amounts of energy.  With his “Comedy in Action” show, he has performed everywhere from Australia and New Zealand to The White House.  He is a favorite onboard Disney Cruise Line, and his credits on the Las Vegas Strip include V: The Ultimate Variety Show, Nathan Burton, and The Improv at Harrah’s.

In addition to his comedy show, Jeff also delivers a powerful keynote that illustrates the keys to “Branding Your Passion” to create the career, and lifestyle, of your dreams.  A 2005 honors graduate of Georgetown University, Jeff currently serves as President of the Georgetown Alumni Club of Las Vegas.  He is the Founder and President of Win-Win Entertainment, a non-profit that pairs performers willing to donate their time and talent with charities in need of entertainment.