Curt Iles: My Life Statement June 2024


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My Life Statement: What Really Matters

As of Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Throughout my adult life, I’ve kept a journal of priorities for my life. I call them “My Life Statement.”

I’m sharing them to encourage you to develop your own statement. Make it personal.  Write it down. Do it now.

I fall short in every word and sentence below, but having a Life Statement has made a tremendous difference in my life.

My Life Statement:

“Be a man God can use,

be an encourager,

and be respected by those who know me best.”


My Life Verse

“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you.”

-Matthew 6:33


7 Words to Live by

1.     Perseverance

2.     Reach: Influence and Impact

3.     “LLL” Lifelong Learner

4.     Legacy

5.    Kindness  

6.    Passion

7.    Stewardship


My Irrevocable NOs

“Say no to say yes”


  1. I will not cheat on my wife, DeDe.
  2. I will not take money that doesn’t belong to me.
  3. I will not lie.
  4. I will not intentionally hurt anyone. If I do, I’ll try to make it right.
  5. I will not be unkind.
  6. I will not talk ill of anyone behind their back. If there is a problem, I’ll address it promptly, personally, and face-to-face.
  7. I will not be touchy but seek to live the unoffended life.
  8. I will not coast.

Say “No” so you can say “Yes” to something more important.

“I’m most proud of the things I’ve said ‘No’ to.”


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