“Principals are guidelines for human conduct that are proven to have enduring, permanent value. They’re fundamental. They’re essentially unarguable because they are self-evident. One way to quickly grasp the self-evident nature of principles is to simply consider the absurdity of attempting to live an effective life based on their opposites. I doubt that anyone would seriously consider unfairness, deceit, baseness, uselessness, mediocrity, or degeneration to be a solid foundation for lasting happiness and success.” -Steven Covey
I love the beauty of principles – the beauty that is your life when you center yourself around principles. Principles are truth; they don’t change. Honesty, Integrity, Maturity, Fairness in your treatment of others, Dignity in which you treat others; these all represent the baseness of having a good – no beautiful – character. These truths are “self-evident,” even biblical.
When you center your life around these principles, you are secure in all your ways, your judgment is expanded, and likewise your wisdom. You can cut through the sleeze and crap of people who live their life through pretense. You’re highly UN-affected by the opinions and thoughts of others, which is matched also by your care and sincere love of others and their potential for spiritual/personal growth in their own lives.
“You see things differently and thus you think and act differently from the largely reactive world.
You stand apart from life’s situations, emotions, and circumstances, and look at the balanced whole. Your decisions and actions reflect both short- and long-term considerations and implications (what is best for my growth and for the growth of others? You don’t compromise that).”
“Your source of security provides you with an immovable, unchanging, unfailing core enabling you to see change (even when it comes through bad circumstances) as an exciting adventure and opportunity to make significant contributions.”
Simply put, basing your life on what really matters will make you… unshakable.