The key words in the definition are truth, personal, conduct, guiding, requirements and right conduct.
You see, your principles are what guide your conduct, your heart, and your beliefs which speak to your character and integrity. Principles are the road map of how you will go about accomplishing anything in your life. They will determine the types of people you will surround yourself with, the type of actions you will take, and how you make key decisions.
When people look at you, what kind of Principles do they see in you? When you are walking towards people in your company, what are they thinking about you as you approach? How do you make people feel as you approach without saying anything?
The key to Principles in your life is asking yourself:
- Who are my biggest influences in life?
- What do I believe in the areas of trust, truth, honesty, ethics, integrity, work ethic, friendships?
- What do I expect from other people?
- What are people's perceptions of me?
- Do my actions match up with my beliefs and what I say?
- Am I doing the right things when no one's watching?
- Who do I go to for advice when I'm in need of guidance?
- What books to I read do strengthen what I believe in life?
One of the the most comforting emotions in life is the "confidence" you have when someone says something and you can take what they say "to the bank" because their actions always match their words. It breeds confidence in the workplace as a leader, in relationships as a mate, and especially in friendships.
If you are running off course, in achieving your purpose, the first place to start is looking at the Principles that guide your life. Look at your life purpose, your passion statement, and ask yourself... Is what I believe (My Principles), going to get me where I want to go? If not, its time to rethink your Principles.