2.5 – Prepare for action: Establish principles

"Do you want to know a quick and easy way to discover the good from the wrong one?" I asked students in the classroom where I was teaching. Each head glanced up and down, showing that they were interested.

"Before I tell you, let me tell you this." I paused while the room was shutting. The pupils leaned forward while I spoke almost whispered: "You already know good from evil."

Successful people live their lives with a natural feeling of difference between good and bad. They adopted pre-established standards that help them regulate and direct their thoughts, words and deeds.

These standards, these measures, are called principles. Principles are universal truths that are widely accepted in almost every culture and every age.

A few years ago, Denver Broncos hired a coach named Josh McDaniels. The NFL received a fine of $ 50,000 and was fired by Broncos. the owner of Pat Bolen for cheating. He was caught shooting a training in San Francisco before the match.

Do you think Josh McDaniels knew it was wrong to cheat when he used an illegally acquired video cassette to prepare his team for playing? Of course he did, but he used it anyway. The pragmatism, in the case of Josh McDaniels, triumphed on the principle and it cost him $ 50,000, his job and the relative lack of clarity in football.

Tom Osborne led the University of Nebraska football team to national titles in 1994, 1995 and 1997. After his incredible career as a trainer, Nebraska citizens were elected to the US House of Representatives. After retiring from politics, in 2006 he was re-engaged at the University as an athletic director. On January 1, 2013, he withdrew from the job, with his reputation completely untouched, and his legacy of honesty, integrity and authenticity was ensured.

A reliable source told me that through Osborne's mandate as a head coach, no one had ever heard him use swear-even members of his coaching staff who were wearing headphones and heard almost every word he had uttered through the games.

No trainer, no institution, and no country can survive for a long time if decisions are made and the actions taken are first run for expediency, and the second (third or fourth) according to the principle.

Coach McDaniels chooses pragmatism; Coach Osborne chose the principle.

Jesus told the story of the man who built his house on the sand and when the winds and waves appeared, the house fell. The other person built her house on a solid rock, she saw the ending of the storms and stood strong.

Live your life with moral principles stemming from the natural law and you will live with service, friends and fulfillment. When the winds of temptation and the storm of distraction strike you, your house will stand and your heritage will be secured.

Thomas Jefferson summed it up in this way: "In style, swim with electricity, in principle, stand as a rock."

Establish "principled questions" for a wonderful, meaningful and thoughtful life.