Traditional behaviour models are crumbling in our midst. Old morality is taking the blame for current problems, although often through spurious argumentation. Never mind. Ethical decay has reached such an extent that many parents have given up all attempts to provide moral guidelines to their offspring.
Where are we headed? Should we conclude that
principles are relative? That happiness is unattainable through
individual action? That success is more dependent on luck than on
personal effort? To answer these questions, we must point out the
connection between personal effectiveness and happiness.
establishes the basis for making productive decisions and developing
valuable skills. Even in an unfavourable environment, individuals who
possess strong values and motivation grow more effective with each
passing day. Principles are not luxuries, but practical tools that
enable progress and achievement.
No efficacy without consistency
Logic and consistency are the
keys to quick learning and rapid implementation. A well-organized mind
absorbs information more effectively than a mind affected by anxiety.
Ethical certainty nourishes psychological stability and personal
Sustained personal growth relies on universal
ethical principles. Virtues such as openness, tolerance, and honesty
render individuals efficient and self-confident. Prosperity and
happiness result from consistent action in pursuit of sensible goals.
Nobody can predict the future accurately, but no matter how difficult
the situation becomes, rational individuals will do better than average.
Ignoring the noise
There is too much noise in the world and too many offers
compete for our attention. We cannot accept every proposal that promises
to improve our condition. Focusing our efforts on becoming more
effective is a simple way to increase our chances of leading a more
New fashions that entertain your spirit for a
while will distract you from important matters. We all want to
experience the fresh before it becomes stale, but do you want to waste
your days chasing the latest novelty? Leading a chaotic life is
self-destructing. Without focus and personal effectiveness, there can be
no real happiness.
A sense of purpose
Overcharging our agendas and accelerating our
life is the equivalent of a sugar-coated sedation. The pursuit of
faster results makes no sense if those are irrelevant to our long-term
goals. Actions that contradict our long-term plans and ambitions rarely produce
For more information about rational living and personal development, I refer you to my book The 10 Principles of Rational Living
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