LIFE PRINCIPLES FOR LEADERS - PART 1

"Anything of value only grows when it is given."-René Vidal

What do you do when you're coming off a tough week? Do you ruminate on how difficult things are or do you set your mind toward creating lessons and experiences that could possibly transcend time?

For me, I'll admit - it's been a difficult past 7 days. Last weekend (8/24/18), we dropped our eldest son Angelo off at Kenyon College so that he may begin his freshman year. It was an exciting time for all of us, but the gaping hole and empty bedroom is no less most apparent.

I feel it, and it sucks.

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One of the ways I've chosen to deal with this is to create something I've been wanting to do for a while, and that's to put together a LIFE PRINCIPLE LIST (#LPL).

Some people have a bucket list. I have a Life Principles List, a guide for daily behavior across life's 4 domains: personal, professional, health, and relationships.

lIFE IS 10% WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU AND 90% HOW YOU REACT TO IT.
— CHUCK SWINDOLL

I hope that my #LPL creates value for you and perhaps inspires you to develop a Life Principles List of your own, if you don't already have a similar tool that serves as a proverbial "North Star' on your quest to maximize your potential.

What are willing to go to the mat for?

Are you willing to pay the price of success?

 

#1: THE SUCCESS PRINCIPLE

Success is the progressive realization of worthy goals. Emphasis on progressive and worthy. Progressive because great leaders have an improvement orientation. And worthy because your goals should be wrapped in personal meaning and/or social impact.

#2: THE POWER PRINCIPLE

Self-power is true power. The ancients taught that "The kingdom of God is within." It's important to remember, particularly during times of stress and adversity, that you already have the power to pause, step back, then bounce back to become the best that you can possibly be. It's fine to "look outside" for a moment, but it's better to "look inside" always.

#3: THE GROWTH PRINCIPLE

For seeds to grow, they must be planted in fertile ground. As a friend of mine likes to say, "You must let go to reach out." Hoarding is child's play. Inherent in every seed are the mechanics for its fulfillment. It's by design. Anything that is of value in life only multiplies when it is given.

More to come...thanks for reading...you were born to lead.

© René Vidal

René Vidal