8 Life Winning Principles

"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." --- Abraham Lincoln

Here are 8 principles that can help you succeed in your life and service.

Take Responsibility

Take 108% responsibility for your life, for what you are, for what you say, for what you do. Absolutely refuse to blame other people for whatever is not working in your life. Always say, “I am responsible.” Because you are.

Take Initiative

Don’t wait for things to fall from the sky. Don’t wait for other people to do things so you can move forward or achieve what you want. Don’t wait for Krsna to arrange things for you. Take initiative. Take action, take massive action. Act as if everything depend on you while being aware that results depend on Krsna’s sanction. If you want to achieve more, do more. See what works and what doesn’t and adjust your approach.

Clarify What You Want

Be crystal clear about what you want. Write it down. You cannot hit the target you do not see. Clarify your dreams into specific and measurable goals. Set deadlines for their achievement. Don’t be afraid to desire things. you are a person and you have desires. If desires are unfavorable, it will become clear after some time. But don’t be afraid to confront what you want.

Prioritize

Decide what is most important to you in your life and then spend plenty of time on it. Work on your most important goals first. Always ask yourself, “What is the most valuable use of my time – right now?” Make a list of things you need to do every day and then mark them or put them in order of priority. Work on the most important things first, until you complete them.

Think Win-Win-Win

Look for a mutual benefit in all interactions. Ensure that Krsna, the other party and yourself are happy with an arrangement or a deal (3-win approach). Don’t be a martyr and don’t be an exploiter. Ensure everyone is happy, as much as possible.

Empathize

Sincerely seek to understand other people. Listen to them attentively. If needed, repeat to them what you have heard so you are sure you have understood them well. Make notes so you can capture the most important points. If you understand the needs of others, you will be able to serve them better.

Cooperate

Always try to be in a cooperative mood. Remember that when people come together to do something, there is an added value, simply because they have united. Two brains have more intelligence that one. Four hands can lift more that two. Think of ways how to unite differences, how to be complementary, taking full advantage of each other’s strengths and making up for each other’s weaknesses.

Renew

Regularly practice self- renewal or renewal in general. Take care of your sadhana, health, relationships, service, responsibilities. Do the needful. Always renew your capacity for doing service. Without taking time to renew your ability to serve, you might end up being without any capacity. If you don’t take time initially, you will have to take time eventually. If you don’t put the gas in your car, eventually it will stop.

Written by Akrura dasa Conscious Coaching

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