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Principles - A guiding rule for personal behaviour. Thomas Jefferson has rightly observed, “On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.” To fly high in life, we must live a life governed by principles, but not only that, we must align our principles with the right values. As Stephen R. Covey once says, "Adolf Hitler was a man of principle, but a person of wrong values."
An example of a principle-centered life, according to Lovina Thakkar, your friends are calling you to hang out, but you have other priorities, and you say NO. Your mother is scolding you, you get irritated, you too want to shout at her, however, you hold it back and choose to listen instead. Your friends force you to drink, smoke, watch porn, but you didn't.
To earn the respect of the others, let your life be governed by godly principles and values. A life of success is a principle-centered life.
How your life has turned out so far, is as a result of a certain set of rules, principles, or beliefs you've lived by, either consciously or unconsciously.
Principles make an outcome predictable. Regular exercise keeps the body healthy, the lack of it makes you vulnerable to a different kind of illnesses. A lack of proper sleep puts your heart at risk, cancer, high blood pressure, forgetfulness, weight gain, diabetes, to mention a few. These are basic life natural laws or principles that affect our life if we act defiance to them.
The gravitational force is a universal principle which does not take into consideration your status or social standing, to take effect. How rich or poor you are, your religion, be it a Christian, Muslim, Scientologist, Buddhist, Freethinker, or any for that matter, if you act in defiance to this principle, the consequence takes effect.
Write out the set of rules you want to live your life by, principles you want to define your life around. Principle of honesty, respect, hard work, integrity, and morality, not just living in conformity to the societal norm. Principle of boundaries and accountability, a healthy lifestyle, time, and financial management. Principle of godly and edifying conversation.
In his book, Principle-Centered Leadership, Stephen R. Covey wrote, “Effective people lead their lives and manage their relationships around principles; ineffective people attempt to manage their time around priorities and their tasks around goals. Think effectiveness with people; efficiency with things.”