Skip to main content

Living By Principles

Some few weeks back, a friend told me a story that illustrates the importance of living a principles-centred life. He was invited by a friend to try out something he felt he shouldn’t be involved in. ordinarily, he knew it’d be a wrong decision if he gives in, however, he found it difficult to make the right decision. This, I realized, was because he didn’t have a standard to measure his decisions in that area. Prior to that time, he simply held a belief as per what is the right thing to do but no strong moral conviction towards it. He then concluded by saying something really important “I decided there won’t be a next time”. He probably made this statement having firmly resolved to stick to a strict moral code whenever he’s faced with such decision.  Most people live almost every area of their lives doing the same thing – they just allow the social norms to dictate their beliefs and values.

Principles are like foundations upon which we build our actions and reactions. They are what facilitates our character building. Principles are often referred to as the ‘default response program of the human system’. Principles makes you choose to go the extra mile instead of taking the convenient short cut. Author, Stephen Covey once said “……. Quality of life is a function of aligning our beliefs and behaviours to ……. Principles”. They serve as a guide to our attitudinal dispositions. They determine and shape our perspective of what’s right or wrong. 

However, living a principles-centred life comes with many benefits. It reduces our struggle with ‘walking out talk’. We are able make good decisions when we are driven by strong moral convictions. If we live principles-centred lives, we will produce what Stephen Covey called ‘Quality-of-life’ results! If we don’t live principles-centred lives, we risk making decisions based socially acceptable standards and our actions will be determined by circumstances. Always remember this:  

Only by centering on "timeless" principles and then living by them can we enjoy sustained moral, physical, social, and financial wellness” – Stephen Covey.  


I’ll love to know your opinions so feel free to use the comment box and don’t forget to share this with friends!


To your success,
Damilare Fakorede


This website equips you with the skills you need to discover and deliver your Potential whether at Work, Business, School or Ministry. This is one of many great resources you'll find here. Be sure to check back again! 



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

We're Empowered to Empower Others

One important truth we must all come to terms with in our world today is that as long as we're alive, we'll always be confronted by one challenge or the other. It is childish and immature to think or believe that life, at any given time will be trouble-free. It is then imperative that we understand that we face challenges so we can become stronger and grow to be who God created us to be. 
However, God promises to strengthen and comfort us when we go through trials. He promised to be with us when we go through any storm or fire. 
"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned or scorched, nor will the flame kindle upon you" Isaiah 43:2
When God does, He then expects us to extend the comfort and strength to others. We are to Empower Others with what God gives us. Just as we know that we can't give what we don't have, we are expected to pass on to o…

HUSTLER OR ENTREPRENEUR?

Earlier today, I asked friends on my Whatsapp time-line the difference between a Hustler and an Entrepreneur. Of course, there was a plethora of answers as different people gave very distinct meanings in response. What surprised me the most was that no two people gave the same answer. Everyone had a distinct point of view.
However, for the sake of clarity and simplicity I decided to curate most of the responses as well as my personal observations into an article.
First and foremost, a Hustler is someone who "make strenuous efforts to obtain" money or profit from different areas or businesses engagements. An entrepreneur however is one who starts a business (or businesses), manages it to produce tangible value and make profit from it. 
You see, it's easy to assume there's not much difference between the two personalities but there are. 
While Kemi, a LASU Undergraduate perceives the difference in the freedom an Entrepreneur enjoys compared to a Hustler, Success, a Bl…

5 Tips to Help You Plan a Successful 2018

In a few days, the year will be over. At this time of the year, it is quite usual for many individuals to start planning the next year if they haven't done so already. Firms and corporate bodies from all walks of life often set aside quality time to do some thinking and reevaluate their businesses and performance over the year. Planning is quite important for individuals as it is for multinational companies. It helps to chart a course for the next year and determine where and how efforts and resources will be directed. It also provides individuals and corporations a roadmap for decision making in the new year.  
So here are five tips to help you Plan a successful new year. 
1. Know the current state of your Life or Business. The first thing we need to do when planning for the next year is to take some time to think and reflect on what we've done so far and what we've achieved. We should review our goals and measure our achievements properly. We are then able to point out …