How Orienting to Principles Helps You Add More Power to All You Do
All of our actions are guided by principles, whether we are aware of them or not. In all we do, we orient unconsciously to play or boredom, aliveness or deadness, truth or deception. Which principles do you gravitate toward each day? Which ones would you like to use in your life? Below are some examples of principles and how you can use them each day.
- Use the principle of truth to resolve a thorny conflict, change the direction of a conversation, or share a heartfelt message with someone you care about.
- Use the principle of engagement in each day. At work, if you usually don't speak up at meetings, be the first person to talk at the next meeting. Introduce yourself to a coworker you haven't met, or start a conversation with someone you don't know at the bus stop.
- Encompass the principle of beauty as you pick out your clothing, put on your make-up, straighten your desk, or set the dinner table.
- Try the principle of aliveness in a meeting today. Protest an idea you don't like or throw your energy behind an idea you like. When you're feeling burned out, give yourself an energy boost by going running, meditating, or taking a quick walk around the block
- Be the creator of your day with the principle of responsibility. Offer to take on a new assignment at work or help someone with their project. Actively seek out opportunities to support an event. When someone asks you why you didn't get something done, instead of offering an excuse, offer a solution for how you will get it done.
- Read "The Keys to the Kingdom" chapter in Judith Wright's book The One Decision to learn more about living a principled life.