When you think about the importance of ethics it is paramount. Without it you are not capable of reaching the pinnacle of success. But what is ethics? How can we define it? Or more importantly how do you define it. It is quite frankly the most important thing we must first do, why? Because your ethics dictate what you guides you. Ethics as define by Webster’s, moral principles that govern a person’s behavior or the conducting of an activity. There is no right or wrong answer to this. Which is the beauty of life. The meaning of life is that there is no meaning, within that darkness the beauty lies that you, get to create its meaning. You are the creator… of your life. A very complex task. Life whether you’d like to admit it or not co-exist with others. Your decisions affect not only your life but the ones of your family, friends, and community. Which is why your ethics is the most important when it comes to getting your life in order. What guides you is what dictates your behavior. Our behavior is who we are and ultimately who we become.
What is ethical? To some people this means not lying, cheating, or stealing. Pretty well accepted ethics that should guide a human. The question then becomes at what cost do the universally expected ethics can be challenged. Everyone’s motivation is different, some people are money hungry, blinded by love, or others infatuated with legacy. The reality however is that ethics should not be universal. Ethics should be individualized. Ethical is doing what you said you were going to do, and staying true to it. If you promised your spouse a life of abundance and happiness. Then you do not get to roll around 2 years later and stop pursuing your unified goals. If you promised your employer you would be the best decision they ever made, you cannot go back 8 months later, constantly being late to work, complaining about management, and being resentful. You are braking your word. The complexity of this is the constraints that come along. What happens when you are challenged by the world, when suffering strikes, and when your initial commitment seems pointless. The employer passes you up on a promotion, your marriage is falling apart, and you no longer have a stable surface to stand on.
We still need to tread along, so what can guide us? Only our philosophy. What you believe to be true, your personal truth. There is nothing in this world that should hold any leverage over your way of thinking. If universally we were to pursue a life of self-interest then we would all want our community to be better, our friends to successful, and our life to be meaningful. Individually making the world a better place one person at a time. That is my personal philosophy – to pursue self-actualization. All of us know what habits it is that kills our self-respect, how we could be a tiny bit better of a human. However, do not let my philosophy confuse you. To you other things may be more important and whatever it is make sure you keep the your commitment to it. Or else you fail to be ethical.