A house built on a faulty foundation is unstable. External forces will cause it to move or even collapse. A solid foundation is essential for the durability of any building. If it is constructed in sand or mud, anything built on it will be unstable. Even though a structure may look impressive, without a solid foundation, it will soon topple.
Your life works the same way. A sturdy foundation based on sound morals, principles, and ethics provides you with the ability to withstand adversity. Your foundation keeps you rooted when faced with a quandary.
Life is filled with challenges which constantly test your foundation. Whether you succumb or survive is dependent on the quality of your foundation. The daily headlines are filled with constant examples of the consequences resulting from a faulty foundation.
The demise of people from every demographic, due to a defective foundation is well documented. Entertainers, politicians, athletes, and business people are among the many categories of individuals whose lives are shattered because they lacked solid grounding.
Your core values are an integral part of your foundation. They provide strength and guidance when confronting adversity. When faced with a dilemma, you won't have to wonder what you should do, you’ll know what you need to do.
The news is replete with constant examples of people taking bribes, selling influence, or acting in any number of ways resulting from a nonexistent or weak ethical foundation. Although their flawed behavior may persist for a while, eventually their world collapses due to their inadequate foundation.
An unshakable foundation prevents you from being swayed by negative influences. At some point you will encounter circumstances where there is pressure for you to act in an inappropriate manner. Without a strong footing, you are prone to being swayed into acting foolishly. It's always more effective to make the right decision rather than attempting to recover and clean up an ensuing mess resulting from a poor one.
Although there is no limit as to how broad and deep your foundation may be, there are several key building blocks essential for sound construction. Your integrity is a great place to start. Being honest, trustworthy, and having rock solid ethics, provides tremendous stability.
Next add dependability. Seek to help others without being asked. People should always be able to count on you. Never be a fair weather friend. True friendship means being there when someone is at a low point.
Don't have a price at which you are willing to abandon your foundation. If it's wrong to do something, the amount of potential financial gain is irrelevant. Compromising your foundation for any price is a huge mistake. In this transaction you have a net loss. Your cost is the destruction of your reputation along with the disappearance of your freedom. If you sell out, the person paying you knows what you have done and will hold it over you indefinitely.
Be your own person. Think for yourself. If something doesn't make sense, ask why, and then find the answer. Say no to peer pressure. Don't engage in self-destructive behavior or any actions that harm or take advantage of others.
Building a solid foundation is not difficult. If you don't already have one, now is the time to start putting it into place. Once constructed, it will serve you for a lifetime. However, it's imperative to inspect your foundation on a regular basis. Repair any cracks that develop. Strengthen it where and as needed. Whenever you face a choice in life, pick the path based on your foundation.
NOW AVAILABLE: "Dare to Live Without Limits," the book. Visit www.BryanGolden.com or your bookstore. Bryan is a management consultant, motivational speaker, author, and adjunct professor. E-mail Bryan at firstname.lastname@example.org or write him c/o this paper. 2014 Bryan Golden