To be successful in all areas of your life, there are 10 character-centered principles that, if followed, will have you leading yourself and those around you at a higher level in performance and productivity. These principles, introduced by Dr. Ron Jensen in his book, “Achieving Authentic Success” include:
Take charge and make a difference
Avoid having a victim mentality and take responsibility for developing disciplines and new habits that lead to being proactive and positive.
Live life with a sense of significance
Develop a healthy self-concept, recognize your uniqueness and realize you can make a difference. Look for opportunities to grow.
Embrace problems as positive opportunities
It is CRITICAL to have a positive attitude. Becoming mired in a negative situation causes stress that can demoralize your individual performance and your overall productivity.
Build and sustain a values-based lifestyle
Learn to build a values system around foundational “character-based principles”.
Define your vision, mission and purpose
Live with a sense of destiny, excitement and meaning.
Gain balance in all aspects of your life
When a person is out of control and loses balance, they become highly susceptible to stress, anger, fear, depression and even burnout. It is important to build balance into your life if you are to maximize your personal leadership efficiency.
Focus on relationships
Learn the importance of listening, of how to confront people properly and to know when to empathize at the right time.
Cultivate your individual character
Your character will determine ultimately the quality of your relationships, your contribution at work, in your community . . . and in society at large.
Keep adjusting to obstacles
You must learn to make mid-course corrections and how to deal with constant change. History is filled with success stories, whereby individuals overcame enormous challenges and barriers in their life to press on and accomplish great things.
Never give up or quit on the things that are important to you
Those who succeed at healthy, dynamic whole lives fail often, but they fail forward. They learn how to stick with it and persist . . . they simply do not quit.
In the coming months, we’ll look at each one of these principles in greater detail and offer some compelling stories to help you on your success journey. Stay tuned!