Tag Archives: Ethics

Freedom

21 Aug

We’re all in control of our lives and can do anything we like. There are always endless options available and we can choose any road or destination we desire. We have all the intelligence and power we need to make excellent decisions, but we don’t live in a vacuum, and there are influences all around us. We can follow the rules that have proven to lead to success, or we can make up our own. We can obey laws or break them, choose wisely or make decisions based on greed, revenge or anything else. If we’re angry and spiteful, we may let our emotions determine how we’ll proceed. That may give us what we want right now, but lasting happiness may elude us. One thing is certain, no matter what we choose, there will be a consequence. What those consequences are isn’t always obvious, and if we step away from what we know is right in order to cheat or in some way pad the way forward, we may end up somewhere we never wanted to go. When we think of freedom, we might think it means we can do anything we want – and we can. But we are accountable for everything we do. Choices that hurt others and take us away from our personal values and ethical standards may give us immediate gratification, but may also tie us up and hold us in place. We can cheat and manipulate, and it might move us ahead quickly, but when the truth comes out, we may end up back at square one. Real freedom can only be achieved by doing what’s right, and choosing options that honor who we are. When we’re true to our personal standards, we’ll have a great sense of worth and satisfaction. We know what we want, and have everything we need to get it. By standing firm and honoring the person we most want to be, we’ll find lasting happiness and great success.

We’re all far more connected than we may realize. Everything we do leaves an impression or a mark. We impact the world simply because we’re here. If we’re kind and thoughtful, the road behind us will different than if we are mean and rude. Building connections instead of burning bridges will enable us to more freely move toward the goals we most desire. We have the power to create positive and fulfilling situations that pave the road ahead, and help us reach every destination we desire.

The world is a big place and we are often bombarded with messages about what we should do, and how we should live. Like a “get rich quick” scheme, we may be told if we just loosen our standards a little, and step away from what we know is right, we’ll be rewarded quickly and never have to look back. We can listen to any suggestions we like, but our lives are our responsibility. If we choose dishonesty, we may get tangled up in ways we never imagined. We have the power to live our lives well and effectively, and achieve all our goals in ways that embellish and enrich us.

Today if you’re tempted to do something you know isn’t right in an effort to jump ahead, remember who you are and what you really want. You are worth more than you can imagine, and your influence is valuable. Choose the best options possible, and step forward with clarity and confidence. Every destination you desire is already there for you. Be wise, and you’ll achieve great success and happiness.

My Mistake

13 Nov

We make thousands of decisions as we go through our lives. We try to do our best in each instance to make sure we’re headed in the right direction and choosing well. Most of the time we succeed and things move along the way we want them to. However, we’re not perfect and there is no way to see what lies around the next curve, and sometimes we’re going to falter. Decisions may blow up in our faces, or we may choose roads that take us to places we never, ever wanted to go. If there are others involved and we make a bad choice, we may impact them as well. It’s uncomfortable to realize we’ve hurt others by our own actions, and we’ll need to find a way to make things right again. Many things can be changed or altered, but some things are so defined and permanent, once they happen, there is no going back. If we’ve created a mess, and there’s no way to stop the train, we will have to endure the situation until it resolves. If we try to deny our involvement or lie about what we’ve done in an effort to escape, we will only make things worse. Truth always rises and cannot be held back indefinitely. We might be able to hide for a while, but in the end, we’ll have to answer for our actions. Although we may be embarrassed and feel very uncomfortable, it’s far better to stand up and own our part in the problem. We can admit we made a mistake, and then get to work correcting the issue. Nothing is permanent and no matter what’s happened there will always be a way forward. We may have to give up something we want, and it might take a lot of time and effort, but we can find resolution and continue moving ahead with confidence. Mistakes will happen and we have all the wisdom and intelligence we need to correct them and reach success. Every dream is there for us and we will prevail.

We may think by keeping our lives small we will avoid serious complications and trouble. We have a lot to offer and keeping to ourselves out of fear will never allow us to reach the destinations we most desire. There is always a risk when we step out and try something new, and move into foreign territory. But the rewards when we succeed will outshine any risks we may take, and will enrich our lives beyond what we can imagine. There is greatness inside us and with courage and confidence, we can achieve any goal we desire.

If we cause a problem and refuse to acknowledge our actions or admit we’ve erred, we may try to skip away and never look back. Every choice we make takes us somewhere. We cannot become the best versions of ourselves and reach our most treasured goals by being dishonest or unethical. By choosing well, and owning every choice we make, standing firm in faithfulness and integrity, we will reach every destination we desire.

Today if you’ve made a big mistake and everything has gone wrong, stand firm, admit the error, and then do what is necessary to turn things around. You are intelligent and wise, and nothing is too difficult for you to manage. You know the way ahead, and nothing can hold you back. Step forward, be confident, and trust yourself. Every goal is possible, and with patience and focus, you will make them yours.

Carrying It

25 Feb

Every decision we make has a consequence and expresses who we are. Most of us try to make the best choices every time, but people are complicated, and sometimes because of fear or other influence, we may falter. If we make a bad choice, we carry the impact of it forward with us. If it’s an insignificant situation with people we don’t know, we might be able to ignore it and just move on. However, if it involves those who depend on our integrity and we’ve been dishonest, it will be harder to let it go. We always know what we’ve done and even if we’re able to hide, the burden of carrying something negative forward will become heavy and may hurt us in the long run. Nobody’s perfect and everyone makes mistakes from time to time. If we’ve done something that’s outside the person we want to be, it will never feel right. Carrying guilt forward will become heavy and may prevent us from achieving the goals we most desire. Thankfully, nothing is permanent and we can correct the situation by telling the complete truth, clearing the air and starting again. Owning up to our mistakes and errors in judgement does not diminish us in any way. Course corrections will help us live the lives we want the most. We have the potential to become anything we desire and go anywhere we choose. By living openly and honestly, and owning every decision, the road ahead will always be there and we can make our dreams come true.

Our ethical standards define who we are. We never need to succumb to situational ethics or change our values when our position becomes difficult. Situations never define our choices – we do. Every day will bring us the opportunity to choose and what we do tells the world who we are. We are strong enough to always choose in ways that honor our values. We have everything we need to succeed. By being honest in all our dealings we will achieve our goals and bless everyone around us.

For some, there’s a sliding scale when it comes to ethics and honesty. If they want something badly, they will do whatever it takes to gain it. They justify their behavior through their desires, and don’t care who gets hurt. They take what they want regardless of who is in the way or any consequences that may arise. They may get the prize but the cost will be high. They will lose the trust of those around them and it will be impossible to build strong relationships. We can choose the best road at every turn. Our lives are ours to design and with clarity and honesty, we will find satisfaction and happiness in choosing well.

Today if you’re in a situation that’s pushing you to make a choice you don’t feel good about, hold fast to your standards. You know how to make excellent decisions and need not bend your ethics to get through. Keep your eyes focused on the life you want the most. Show us who you are and set the bar high. You are a blessing to the world and we need your influence. Choose wisely, be confident, and show us the way.

Looking In

18 Jan

“You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” Abraham Lincoln

As we go through our lives, every decision we make takes us somewhere and tells the world and those around us who we really are. We can say anything to anyone to convince them we are one way or another, but what we do tells the real story. Our actions will always shine the truth on every situation. If we’re good at pretending and hold fast to what we’re trying to portray, we may even convince ourselves we are different than we really are. But nothing can hold the truth back forever. It will always rise and show itself openly and clearly to us and those around us. We can do anything we like with our lives and gain any attributes we value, but it takes determination and focus to do our best and be honest and authentic in every decision. The world is filled with all kinds of temptations and possibilities. Sometimes it may be easier to get what we want by deception and trickery instead of working toward the goal with integrity and diligence. If we are desperate to win the prize, we may choose a path of deception that takes us far from the person we most want to be. We might fool those around us but when we look in the mirror, the person staring back will always know the truth. There is never a need to compromise our personal values or integrity. There isn’t anything we can’t do honestly and valiantly. It may take longer than cheating the system, but choosing well enhances our self-esteem and builds our confidence. We deserve the best lives possible, and choosing to be honest in all our dealings will help us achieve every goal.

There are all kinds of ideas in the world and a constant tug of war between what is right and wrong. The values of one group may contradict the values of another, and there will always differences of opinion. Despite differences in interpretation, we can choose the best road forward that reflects our personal honesty and ethical standards. There will always be the opportunity to make excellent decisions and choices that are above reproach and enhance us going forward.

Nobody is perfect and imperfections are a natural part of life. We all have things about ourselves we’d like to change and when we’re ready can do what is needed to alter them to better reflect who we are. Despite any perceived shortcomings, there is never a need to hide are true selves. We are valuable as we are and have much to offer. There is nobody else in the world who can give the gifts we have to share. We can be sure of our abilities and go forward with clarity and confidence.

Today, if the goal you’re trying to reach has been difficult and you’re considering cheating to get there, remember your choices tell everyone who you really are. Choose the path that will reflect your personal honesty and integrity. You are a great blessing and your influence can lift us all. Make the best decisions possible and set the example for good. Step forward with confidence, and you will find great success.

Following Along

27 Apr

When we meet someone we really admire and who impresses us we may desire to be like them.  They may have a life situation we like or be doing things we want to do but so far have not accomplished.  As we are drawn in we may follow them around trying to learn more about how they live and the choices they make.  It seems logical that if we want something in our lives and find someone who has it we can copy what they’ve done and achieve the goal for ourselves.  That could work but we’re all different and what works for one person doesn’t always translate into success for someone else.  A lot depends on who we are, where we are and what opportunities are available to us.  Following someone else along, doing everything they do, and saying all the things they say will not duplicate their experiences in our lives.  We are unique and have very specific gifts to offer.  There is no way to be exactly like anyone else and surrendering who we are to find success will never bring us happiness.  We can achieve anything we want our own way.  We can follow good advice and mimic successful behavior when it works for us but we must be genuine if we want real success.  Each of us has our own combination of blessings to share with the world and individual gifts can only be offered by those who possess them.  Recognizing our personal uniqueness and embracing our personal style will help us open all the doors we seek moving forward.  Every success is possible when we are authentic and true to ourselves.  There is no need to follow along behind anyone else.  We know what we want and we know where we’re going.

Some people project authority in everything they do and we may be captured under their spell.  If they are honest and caring their influence may enhance our lives and deepen our understanding.  But if they are spiteful, aggressive, or mean to others as they push forward, if we follow them we may have to compromise our standards.  No matter what we’re trying to achieve we can hold fast to the standards we value.  We have enough wisdom and personal strength to accomplish anything and we can do it in ways that ennoble us and take us closer to the person we want to be.

There may be times when we’re influenced by someone who takes us down a road we don’t want to travel.  Once we realize we’re headed toward a destination we don’t want we can stop and redirect our way forward.  We don’t have to remain in any situation that doesn’t work for us no matter who is involved.  We may step away at any time and start again.  We always know what road we want to travel.  We are courageous enough to find it and move forward toward any goal we seek.

Today if you’ve been following someone else hoping for success but want to change direction, step off the road you’re on and redirect your course.  You are in control of your life and know exactly what you want.  You can reach any destination you desire and all options are possible.  Look ahead and chart your course.  You are unique and the world is blessed by the influence you bring.  Be yourself.  Every success is there for you and you will find it.