Essentials, Health

Challenges into Successes: Part 3 – The Principle of Now & Virtuous Action

challenges_ahead_signYou are almost there. In the past two parts you have learned about Core Values, Intentions, The Mirror, The Crystal Ball and the beauty of Angels. There is much to contemplate and act upon. In the end it is well worth it as problems become challenges that lead to opportunities and successes where previously you may have only seen roadblocks.

Principle of Now 

Whenever you are having a challenging relationship it is important to monitor how you are using your energy and your language.

It is a very bad habit that most people have in this society, mostly due to our cultural behaviors, our socio-religious upbringing, to deal either in the past, “He said, she said, did, could of, would of, didn’t,” or in the future, “If you don’t I am not going to, you better do this or else.” Both of these approaches are disempowering.

The principle of now means that to effectively resolve any challenge in your life you must pay close attention to and only put your energy into what is important right now, in the present.

In the word “now,” the “n” means “not now” – the past.

The “o” stands for zero – the present, the immediate moment is always occurring before you, which means you have an infinite number of chances to get it right.

The “w” stands for “will be” – the future, your energy can only be used for change in one location in space and time, and that is not in the past, that is not in the future, it is right now!

The Time Is Now ClockYou will be amazed by how powerful the principle of now can be if you monitor yourself, monitor what you say to people, monitor how often you leverage people either by the negative actions of their past or your own projections into the future.

You will see that many times people create far more stress in any relationship then is effective or therapeutic for solving challenges because they are either working in the past, basing opinions on what people did in the past which is called “pasteurizing” a situation.

When you pasteurize something you cook it so that all the enzymes are no longer alive, it is dead. Essentially, you can cook the challenge before you until it is dead and you have accomplished nothing.

If you “futurize,” it is like wrapping something up and throwing it forward into the future. That does not help you solve challenges in the now.

Be fully present with each situation, be fully aware of what your core values are, what your intentions are, your dreams are, what the intentions, core values and dreams of the other(s), then use the crystal ball to determine how best to solve the relationship and look for the angel and do it now.

Using this principle of now you will discover that many of the challenges you used to have difficulty with will resolve. You will find that you come through these challenges and the people will become friends.   They will be very impressed with how capable, how empathetic and compassionate you are. They will also feel very rewarded that you did not torture them with the past or leverage them with the future.

Principle of Virtuous Action

To use the principle of virtuous action to solve any challenges, always remember that when you act virtuously you are more likely to experience virtuous action from others.

What is a virtue? A virtue is a quality or a principle that leads us to and is exemplary of our highest good.

Good is virtue, beauty is a virtue, truth, reliability, honesty, creativity. These are all qualities, principles and there are roughly 50 of them.

Virtues are also cultural in that virtues of the Islamic faith are different from those in the Christian faith and potentially different from the Jewish faith and also Buddhism. Most religions speak of and teach virtues as all the great religions are founded upon the same principles.

The virtues can be broken down into 3 primary virtues: good, beauty and truth. If we stick to this principle of virtues as good, beauty and truth, you can use this to turn challenges into opportunities by always asking yourself, “Are the choices I am going to make, and the decisions I am now making good, am I being truthful, will the outcome of my actions produce something beautiful or something more ugly?”

Anything that produces something that is not beautiful, not good or untrue is called a vice.

When we act out of vice, we attract more of the same to us. In the end it does not matter if you are acting virtuously and the person(s) you are dealing with are acting out of vice. At the end of the day you have to sleep with yourself.

To the degree that you are virtuous, you hold that as true within your inner being for the rest of your life.

Who you are, your sense of internal peace, your inner self, is more valuable than any amount of money. Even if you lose your house, lose your car, lose the business, because you acted virtuously you will have a much easier time living in your skin than if you chose to save the car, the house, the money by acting out of vice.

Many of the diseases people have are from the accumulation of chronic stress in their psycho-physical reality from acting out of vice in relationships with others.

Where people develop a habit of acting out of vice, it not only creates challenges, it makes it almost impossible to find healthy virtuous solutions for challenges.

When you act virtuously there can only be a challenge, there can never really be a problem.

A challenge is only a problem when you act out of vice.

One way to be sure you are acting virtuously is if all virtuous actions are actions for the betterment of all involved even if it may not appear so on the surface.

Any time you go against your own core values you are creating acts of vice.

Acts of virtue creates unity for everybody. All religion could be dissolved if we all just agreed to act virtuously towards each other and had effective teachers to teach us how to do so.

Great philosophers such as Plato, Socrate and Aristotle spent their lives investigating virtuous behavior, learning and teaching others how to more effectively live virtuously.

Mohhomad, Jesus, Buddha, Confucious, Lao Tzu, these are the names of people that devoted their lives to virtuous actions, virtuous behavior to be used as guides for each of us.


These 7 tools (Core Values, Intention, The Mirror, Crystal Ball, Angels, Principle of Now and Virtuous Action) are very effective when used appropriately.  You will find that it is not as difficult as you previously thought to take any challenge, turn it into an opportunity and make it successful.

I will not say that implementing these tools is easy, in fact, it can prove very challenging. My suggestion is to start at the beginning.

Investigate your core values. Write them down, make them known. Once to discover and begin living by your core values. the other 6 tools will have the foundational support required.

I would enjoy receiving your feedback regarding this information….your struggles, your successes. It is all good.

I would enjoy receiving your feedback regarding this information….your struggles, your successes. It is all good.

This material was originally presented by Paul Chek as part of a PPSSuccess Workshop: 7 Practical Ways to Transform Challenges into Successes.

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