“By centering our lives on correct principles, we create a solid foundation for development of the four life-support factors.
Our SECURITY comes from knowing that, unlike other centers based on people or things which are subject to frequent and immediate change, correct principles do not change. We can depend on them.
Principles don’t react to anything. They don’t get mad and treat us differently. They won’t divorce us or run away with our best friend. They aren’t out to get us. They can’t pave our way with shortcuts and quick fixes. They don’t depend on the behavior of others, the environment, or the current fad for their validity. Principles don’t die . They aren’t here one day and gone the next. They can’t be destroyed by fire, earthquake or theft.
Principles are deep, fundamental truths, classic truths, generic common denominators. They are tightly interwoven threads running with exactness, consistency, beauty, and strength through the fabric of life.
Even in the midst of people or circumstances that seem to ignore the principles, we can be secure in the knowledge that principles are bigger than people or circumstances, and that thousands of years of history have seen them triumph, time and time again. Even more important, we can be secure in the knowledge that we can validate them in our own lives, by our own experience.
Admittedly, we’re not omniscient. Our knowledge and understanding of correct principles is limited by our own lack of awareness of our true nature and the world around us and by the flood of trendy philosophies and theories that are not in harmony with correct principles. These ideas will have their season of acceptance, but, like many before them, they won’t endure because they’re built on false foundations.
The WISDOM and GUIDANCE that accompany principle-centered living come from correct maps, from the way things really are, have been, and will be. Correct maps enable us to clearly see where we want to go and how to get there. We can make our decisions using the correct data that will make their implementation possible and meaningful.
The personal POWER that comes from principle-centered living is the power of a self-aware, knowledgeable, proactive individual, unrestricted by the attitudes, behaviors, and actions of others or by many of the circumstances and environmental influences that limit other people.”
Two weeks ago I witnessed un-principled behavior by members (all but one) of two county boards. Their focus, with a few exceptions, is on power and control, not the behavior you would see if they were converts to Covey’s message (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People). His message of Principle-Centered living is beyond their ability to comprehend; they do not possess the desire to live it! Their behavior (e.g., denial, untruths, intimidation, harassment, pettiness, and grandstanding) demonstrates their true nature.
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Principles Of Personal Leadership
A Principle Center (two of two parts)