We are in the midst of a global financial crisis that has everyone worried for today and the future. This is evidence of: (1) the net effect of the law of the harvest: we, as individual consumers, business leaders, and government leaders simply cannot stray from timeless principles and expect to avoid the inevitable consequences; (2) the reality of global markets and economies and how tightly knit we all are around the world; (3) the reality that we live in a world that is changing at a rate unthinkable only a few years ago or even months ago; (4) there being only one constant in the midst of turbulent change: principles.
In these especially difficult, uncertain times, the need is to develop a solid unwavering core. When we adopt changeless, timeless principles such as trust, fairness, service, courage, humility, integrity, human dignity, contribution, growth, empowerment, as our core values, we anchor and enable ourselves to adapt and respond to the forces of change and the new dynamics of the global economy.
I suggest this is also a time of opportunity. Make time to take an inventory of your life, to determine your values, to focus on what matters most and let go of the dead weight of things that matter least—the things that distract us and lead us on the wrong path. Each of your concerns and situations is different, but here is a thought for action:
- Think of one area of your work or personal life that is in a constant state of change—perhaps one that brings with it great stress.
- Identify any principles that can be a source of guidance or stability in the situation.
- Using these bedrock principles, consider what choices you can make to adapt to the onslaught of change.
I wish you well and hope you will find encouragement through principle-centered living and leadership, especially when faced with this global financial challenge and your personal or professional challenges.
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