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Influence

Influence is primarily about character, behaviour and personality, which is really who we are. Often our actions don’t match who we say we are. It is the job of our character to control our behaviour and make us a ‘brand name’. Your brand speaks for itself.

Influence is usually gained by where we have journeyed in life and what we have achieved. The values and principles we have followed throughout our life will determine if our influence is negative or positive.

As you influence the people around you, you make a difference in the world. You will also have the opportunity to inspire others who can take things farther than you did. And you make things believable for those who are following you.

 

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Understanding People

Why should we want to understand people?

When we understand someone, we don’t judge them and it is easier to forgive them. We may have felt the same way ourselves which helps us identify with them and in turn help them cope with their situation. We are more tolerant when we understand the underlying causes of the behaviour. This is important for business, family and all other relationships.

Our basic needs are to be loved and appreciated, to feel secure, have a sense of belonging, and to experience a sense of achievement and self-worth. Keep these in mind whenever you deal with people, regardless of the situation.

Understanding people will make our lives more peaceful because understanding the people in our lives will eliminate many conflicts and stresses. We will also be able to motivate and lead people to serve others. Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of people allows us to team them up effectively. Lastly, we will be able to place people according to their abilities. There can be disastrous consequences if we try to put people in a mold that doesn’t fit them.

 

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Saving

Saving develops patience, determination and persistence while waiting  to make our purchases. Saving gives us time to think about the quality of our purchases and to shop around for the best value. The discipline of saving also avoids impulse buying and buyer’s remorse. We appreciate the things we have and seek to preserve them to make them last longer. We are more grateful for what do have and less anxious to buy more.

We evaluate our true needs, separating them from our wants, and then we are better able to prioritize them. We stick to our budget. We eliminate waste by repairing rather than throwing things away. We are at peace because we have money saved for emergencies. We plan ahead and are prepared for the future.

Developing the habit of saving brings great value. It is not wrong for us to think of what we would like to

have if we are controlled by a set of values.

 

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Responsiblity

The ability to reason and the freedom to choose are what make people capable of being responsible for their actions. A responsible person can be trusted; they are dependable and accountable. It is not easy to find someone like this but when we do, we notice that their motivation is different from others. Two things that motivate responsible people are responsibility in itself and the feeling of accomplishment.

Some characteristics of responsible people are that they think long term, they do everything possible to make things better and they are trustworthy. Being responsible gives us satisfaction when we do things because of the commitment we have towards ourselves and those who trust us. Other people see us as people of value. Trust is earned and we are known to be reliable. Strong organizations are built by responsible people. They are focused on who they are and the mission they are on. They are the support needed on which to build a great society.

 

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Listening

To listen means to make an effort to hear or pay attention, to give heed or to take advice. The proverb says a wise man will hear. This is saying that if we are wise, we will be good listeners. The reason wise people listen is because they know they learn more by listening. Wisdom is not an inherited gift; rather it is acquired through paying attention when listening and learning by observing and taking the time to understand.

Listening can make us wiser and able to focus on the message without judging or comparing, and are able to respond in a helpful way. We will also be known as a good listener and earn the right to be listened to in return. And lastly,  we will discover the needs of others.

 

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Inspiration

Inspiration comes from dreams. To foster inspiration, we must create an environment where minds can dream and work freely. We channel the inspiration by providing boundaries that become the framework or guideline for creativity.

Here are some action plan for having the principle of “Inspiration” in life; (1)Write out your vision. Keep it simple. Include specific groups that will benefit from your dream. (2) Share your vision with others. Make sure everyone who depends on you or your organization knows and understands what it is. (3) Live your vision. Convey your dream in what you do and what you want to achieve. (4) Give incentives. Good leaders offer excellent incentives to help others to achieve their dreams. This will cause people to be more self-motivated and need less direction. (5) Fight for it. Over comers never surrender. Those who surrender never overcome.

 

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Developing People

To develop means to become gradually fuller, larger or better. It can apply to anything such as people, products or attitudes. Life is a process and we are all involved in developing physically, mentally and spiritually. We are not born developed, but we are all born with the potential to develop.

There are some benefits that we may gain in developing people. In developing people we create the right environment which will benefit our family, business or organization. It also creates a culture in which we ourselves benefit. Taking the time to develop others will secure their future, which in turn affects ours.

We can enhance peoples’ lives by having a right environment for them to develop in; they grow and mature into their full potential which brings us great satisfaction.

As a conclusion, we must accept the fact that if we want to develop into our potential, we must always be
prepared to change.  Sometimes we want to change others rather than change ourselves.

 

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Debt

This principle is focused on well managed debt and shows how to facilitate relationships with others. Although borrowing is not considered a positive thing, it does have value if we have the right attitude and act responsibly. It will force us to grow and we will in turn learn many valuable lessons. It takes discipline to repay our debt or return what we have borrowed in a timely manner and in good condition. This helps us respect each other and our need for establishing good relationships. Learn to work with and depend on one another, whether it is family, friends, community or employment.

Some benefits on considering this principle, debt will keep us aware of our relations with others, making us responsible for our actions. It will create discipline as we pay off our debt first and delay our wants. It will keep us from being proud and arrogant. It creates a sense of satisfaction and self-worth when a debt has been paid in full.

 

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Co-sign

This principle may be difficult to understand because we are taught to help those who are in need. It is especially difficult when it is a close friend who is asking for a favour. This principle may be difficult to understand because we are taught to help those who are in need. It is especially difficult when it is a close friend who is asking for a favour. Banks and lending institutions are created for people who have needs; it is their business.

Co-signing violates many common sense principles. First of all, each of us should take responsibility for our own debt. In many cases, the person who asks for co-signing has not been faithful or responsible to the bank, family or others; otherwise the person might not be in this situation.

By saying no to co-signing we may be doing a favour. We will need to give the reasons why we are saying no but this serves as an opportunity to help them see things from a different perspective. We may build a lasting relationship rather than lose a friend if they are not able to pay.

If we give them money as a gift with no obligation to repay, we earn the right to be heard and may be able to speak into their life, helping them make different choices to get what they want.

 

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Ambition

A character of successful people is their endless ambition. They are known for their haed work and are always concerned about getting things done. Ambitious people don’t take it easy during the good times; they rise early and start their days with a good attitude and a grateful heart.

Opportunities follow the hardworking, ambitious, responsible people that have a positive attitude. They know that things don’t just happen, so they are out to make them happen. Some of the crops that we may get in having this principle in life is that we will discover opportunities with their positive thinking and diligence.Many opportunities are said to be come to the ambitious people. They will also have a sense of satisfaction from doing their best and getting the most out of life.

People will invest in them because of their energy, positive attitude and drive to accomplish things. They will also have a productive life and fulfill their goals. So, let’s live a life with AMBITION!

 

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Ownership

Life isn’t complete without ownership; everyone is an owner of something. But what benefits does ownership give you?

Ownership is gratifying. Owning something produces the incentive to steward it. Entrepreneurs enjoy the responsibility that comes with ownership. They are satisfied and love their work. Owning a business necessitates personal growth. It’s not easy and you will have to be prepared to deal with your employees and your competitors. It will require you to work hard, face your problems and stay flexible which creates character and strength.

To stay competitive you must develop new ways of doing things and as a result change the culture and environment. As you become successful you generate richness and prosperity for more than just yourself. Your employees benefit as does society as a whole. This is very rewarding.

 

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Forgiveness

The principle of forgiveness is probably one of the most rewarding principles we can experience in our lives because it has a major effect on our health and well-being. When we forgive we walk towards the future with all our energy and strength. Forgiveness liberates us from the past and the present and leads us to the future. We will also enjoy better spiritual and emotional health. Not forgiving makes us obsessive about the past and the future and makes us sick. We make wrong decisions when motivated by revenge.

When we forgive, we will have a productive and happy life. We will be able to relate to others. Having healthy relationships helps us to have more beneficial lives.

People who practice forgiveness have freed themselves from emotional burdens and guilt because they are able to forgive themselves and receive forgiveness from God and others. And, practicing forgiveness frees us from hate and bitterness. This is the true measure of perfect and complete forgiveness.

 

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Judgment

Proper judgment is one of the most appreciated characteristics of a leader. This quality is not obtained and then maintained; rather it is based on insight into each situation or person on a daily basis. Right judgments can be made only when we can see into the heart of the problem without our personal interests and feelings getting involved. That is not always easy because with every situation there are personalities involved.

Having right judgment can allow people to have confidence in us if we have a reputation of judging things honestly. Others will be honest with us. This is a cycle that repeats itself, making it easier to get to the truth as people feel safe enough to be transparent as a result of our example. And we will avoid impulse buying and costly mistakes by practicing good judgment.

 

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Pressure

It is important to know the distinction between stress and pressure, stress is stress comes from having an overload or being trapped or pushed into a corner, we can’t see the end of the tunnel, but can’t go back either. Pressure is more of a choice when you are actively seeking to accomplish things. It stretches and challenges you and takes you to a higher level. In sports we push ourselves to our maximum capacity in order to win. In business, we plan, work, coordinate efforts and maximize resources to attain success. We put pressure on ourselves and others when we want to get something done that is valuable.

Pressure may turn into stress, but in many of these situations we can read just our goals and even use a back door out of pressure situations if we want to. Living with pressure can give some benefits such as having a feeling of achievement which strengthens self-esteem and you will also learn to consistently take ideas and turn them into reality.

As a conclusion; Life without pressure, is a life without progress.

 

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Correction

Correction may be defined as punishment intended to reform improve or rehabilitate. We could also say that it is the ability to remove what is wrong to preserve what is right.  This fear of punishment is not the best or most important motivation, but it is an immovable, hard fact of life. The sooner we embrace it, the better off we will be. The fear of correction that hurts must be rooted in the back of every mind. The rules must be fair and just, but when they are broken it must hurt mentally, physically and financially. There is a price that goes with doing what is wrong.

Accepting corrections may allow us to remain firm in our principles for fear of the cost of violating them and motivate us to obtain better tools and grow personally to do a better job to avoid the penalty.

It is also important to keep in mind that correction creates value. The rules need to be equitable and just and when they are broken they should bring pain in some form. If there are no penalties the rules lose their value.

 

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Morality

Morality

Webster defined morality as principles, standards, or habits with respect to right or wrong conduct. It is a key component in the success of any society. Without a moral guide that regulates behavior, individual self-control will not exist. Without a moral standard a society cannot function properly. Having this principle in life is important and can give enormous advantages. People with good morals are transparent, they have no problem looking people in the eye, and their conscience is quiet.

They don’t feel guilty or uncomfortable when talking about a code of ethics or morality. The commandments and the universal principles teach us how to build good relationships with others and how to create and sustain a society with good morals. Understanding and living in accordance to the principles is not a matter of religion or ideology, it is simply about building a healthy life and society. When we live and structure ourselves and our societies upon these universal principles we do ourselves a favor because life is valued and we respect our fellow man. Society benefits greatly when its citizens follow these moral codes.

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Confrontation

Confrontation

Conflicts become confrontations when we say unkind things, raise our voice or become aggressive with our expressions. But there are some advantages that we may get on proper managing confrontations. 1. Learning to manage confrontation teaches us how to respond to situations, this is a great advantage. When we respond in a calm and peaceful way we are letting people know that we have information and that we are sure about our position. Successfully managing confrontation will maintain good relationships and keep communication open. It is not about winning at all costs, when a discussion develops into an argument an aggressive attitude may have us believe that we won the fight, but the truth is we only win when we maintain good interaction and keep communication open.

Handling confrontation properly will keep us humble. Learn to be comfortable saying we don’t know or we are not sure. No one knows everything and admitting that in front of others is a key aspect in having great communication. Dealing with confrontation will train us to see the other point of view. “You may be right”, or “That’s an interesting point” can disarm the situation and your point will be more easily accepted as well.

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Criticism

Criticism

Some people think that all criticism is just a negative approach to things.  If you learn from criticism you will earn position with great men, if you reject criticism you will damage your own interest. To say that all criticism is wrong is the same as saying that we cannot bring correction to anything; that is not common sense. Nobody likes a critic, but we can learn from them. What they say may be true, so we should always be open to receive.

Be grateful for the critics. In fact it takes courage for someone to tell us what they think. And, criticisms may give us some advantages, it allow us to gain good judgment. If we value the truth over the personality presenting it, we are able to judge the criticism as viable or not. We become wiser. We can always learn from criticism whether it is done well or not. And most important is we become good listeners and are able to analyze the information. If we keep an open mind we then value the critic, understanding that there is an opportunity to better our actions and build more significant relationships.

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Conflict

There are those who think that life should be completely without conflict, but behind every remarkable man or woman there are stories of great conflict. Conflicts can make us better people or make us angry at life. We can be humble and thankful and allow it to improve our character and teach us a lesson or be critical, haughty and arrogant. It is not wrong to have conflict and we shouldn’t be afraid of it. If we have a good attitude during conflict we will learn other people’s perspectives to problems. We will also discover our own strengths and weaknesses. Dealing with conflict requires creativity, reason, and discernment to overcome and resolve the issue.

When we accept that conflict will always exist, we will have a better approach and outlook towards those that we are in conflict with. We may also grow and progress as a person and become problem solvers rather than complainers and whiners. And, if we have the right attitude toward a conflict we will avoid wars and preserve and even improve our relationships.

 

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Direction in Life

Direction is primarily for those who want to go somewhere. We all get somewhere, some unintentionally and others with a planned strategy. To arrive is not the only goal, but also how we travel this path of life and sustain ourselves once we get there. By having a direction in life, we take positive steps. The principles show us the way. Freedom from guilt takes away our confidence. Guilt not only destroys our edge in business but also in our lives because we lose our direction and then begins to doubt ourselves.

When people see us guided by good principles they gain confidence in us. We will also feel fulfilled. We know where we are going in life and what we are doing, that produces joy in our lives. We have a goal and we are truly happy when we reach it. We don’t cause difficulties by doing something wrong that will cost us. Sticking to the principles will keep us from complicating our lives. Lastly, It brings great personal growth. The process of life is like going up a set of stairs, we go step by step following the order to go up. If we don’t use the principles at each stage in our life, we won’t find the next step and we will lose our confidence. We can’t keep going up without a firm foundation on the current and previous steps we have taken.

 

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