If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.
Personal Philosophy Is Like the Set of the Sail by Jim Rohn
In the process of living, the winds of circumstances blow on us all in an unending flow that touches each of our lives.
We have all experienced the blowing winds of disappointment, despair and heartbreak. Why, then, would each of us, in our own individual ship of life, all beginning at the same point, with the same intended destination in mind, arrive at such different places at the end of the journey? Have we not all been blown by the winds of circumstances and buffeted by the turbulent storms of discontent?
What guides us to different destinations in life is determined by the way we have chosen to set our sail. The way that each of us thinks makes the major difference in where each of us arrives. The major difference is the set of the sail.
The same circumstances happen to us all. We have disappointments and challenges. We all have reversals and those moments when, in spite of our best plans and efforts, things just seem to fall apart. Challenging circumstances are not events reserved for the poor, the uneducated or the destitute. The rich and the poor have marital problems. The rich and the poor have the same challenges that can lead to financial ruin and personal despair. In the final analysis, it is not what happens that determines the quality of our lives; it is what we choose to do when we have struggled to set the sail and then discover, after all of our efforts, that the wind has changed directions.
When the winds change, we must change. We must struggle to our feet once more and reset the sail in the manner that will steer us toward the destination of our own deliberate choosing. The set of the sail, how we think and how we respond, has a far greater capacity to destroy our lives than any challenges we face. How quickly and responsibly we react to adversity is far more important than the adversity itself. Once we discipline ourselves to understand this, we will finally and willingly conclude that the great challenge of life is to control the process of our thinking.
Learning to reset the sail with the changing winds rather than permitting ourselves to be blown in directions we did not purposely choose requires the development of a whole new discipline. It involves going to work on establishing a powerful, personal philosophy that will help to influence in a positive way all that we do, think and decide. If we can succeed in this worthy endeavor, the result will be a change in the course of our income, lifestyle and relationships, and in how we feel about the things of value as well as the times of challenge. If we can alter the way we perceive, judge and decide upon the main issues of life, then we can dramatically change our lives.
Integrity – Then Ethical Behavior
By Zig Ziglar
There is much talk today in America about how to reinstall ethical behavior in the home, school and business environments. While I applaud the conversations, I believe it’s putting the cart before the horse. The horse, in my opinion, is integrity. Integrity is who you are, a measurement of your character and, consequently, the determining factor in your behavior. Ethics are the result of our integrity. It’s true that people of integrity will occasionally do unethical things. However, it will be a rare occasion because, according to Dr. Joyce Brothers, you cannot consistently perform in a manner which is inconsistent with the way you see yourself.
Question: Do integrity and ethics work in our society of today? Well, according to an article in Forbes Magazine, it worked for CEO John Teets, retired CEO of the Dial Corporation. I know Mr. Teets personally and I believe he epitomizes what we’re talking about. According to Forbes, he is the opposite of the cold-hearted CEO, ensconced in an isolated executive suite. Personal tragedies and early obstacles have made him deeply spiritual. His Horatio Alger-like rise from mean circumstances has deepened his humanity rather than snuffed it out. He is generous; he took a keen personal interest in the people who work for him. He demonstrates that commerce and religion are not incompatible and, in fact, that religion can help an executive be more sensitive to the needs of others, which is the essence of business – fulfilling the needs and desires of customers in an ethical manner.
Message: The good guys and the good gals really do win. They not only live well, they finish well. They have more of the things money will buy and all of the things that money won’t buy. So wake up, America! Let’s take one step back and build some integrity in our young people. The ethics will naturally follow. Think about it. Live with integrity and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!
With integrity you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt. With fear and guilt removed you are free to be and do your best. ~Zig Ziglar
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