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 This Week

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…

Character

Think of character as having the benefits of a house’s foundation during a huge storm. If the foundation is strong enough, it will stand firm when the waters come. But when it is weak, the house will come down crumbling even at the slightest wind. That’s why it’s important that we develop a good character. It is often said that hard work will take you to the top but character will keep you there.  
 "Many succeed momentarily by what they know  Some succeed temporarily by what they do Few succeed permanently by who they are”
What then is character?  The Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary defines it as “the particular combination of qualities in a person that makes them different form others”. In the simplest terms, character is “who you are”, nothing more nothing less. It is often widely described as who you are when no one else is watching. Your character is what defines you. In other words, your true value can be more than what your degrees, reputation and even your pay check …

Recommended: Faith Based Films You Should Watch This Holiday

Here are some faith-based films we recommend and feel you need to see.         These will be in no particular order.

Faith like Potatoes - October 2006 Faith Like Potatoes is a 2006 South Africanbiographicaldrama film based on the 1998 book written by Angus Buchan, "Faith Like Potatoes." It is written and directed by Regardt van den Bergh, and stars Frank Rautenbach, Jeanne Wilhelm, Hamilton Dhlamini, and Sean Michael Cameron. The film follows Buchan and his family’s move from Zambia to South Africa and chronicles his Christian faith throughout that time.

God's Not Dead 2 - April 1, 2016. God's Not Dead 2 is a 2016 American Christiandrama film directed by Harold Cronk and stars Melissa Joan Hart, Jesse Metcalfe, David A. R. White, Hayley Orrantia, and Sadie Robertson. It is the sequel to the 2014 film God's Not Dead.

Ben-Hur - AUGUST 2016 Ben-Hur is an American epichistoricalactiondrama film directed by Timur Bekmambetov and written by Keith Clarke and John Ridley. It…