3 principles to guide your decisions and actions – Principle 1 Fair Exchange

Updated: Dec 14, 2021

If there is one thing the last couple of years of covid had taught us is that nobody really knows what is going to happen in the future.

If someone had said to me back just before the start of lock downs, that for the next couple of years, you would have to wear a mask everywhere, they will close the borders in Queensland and other states, you will have to check in with an app everywhere you go and you will have to home school, I would have laughed and thought they were crazy

So how the hell do you plan for the future, if there is no real certainty around anything as we have seen?

I believe there are 3 things we need to use as a foundation.

Firstly, Newton’s 3rd law.

It states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Most people get this on a physical layer, like when billiard balls collide on the table and the subsequent effects.

This principle goes much further than this though, in fact I consider this to be the number 1 life principle, even an immutable law.

This law applies to everything, at all levels, from planets and stars to man on earth and our surrounds right down to atomic and subatomic particles at the levels of electrons and so forth. Like Einstein said, everything is energy when you distil it down.

Even our thoughts and intentions are energy as above.

Thus, for every positive thought, somewhere there is a negative thought to balance it to maintain this law of action and reaction.

This law also translates into human interactions and serves as one of the foundations that I believe we can rely in going forwards and making decisions and subsequent actions we take.

Another way to state this guiding principle and how it applies is to always seek fair exchange in all our interactions, also known as win-win. If you can’t find a win-win, then it is no deal.

If it is not a fair exchange whereby both parties consider they are getting a win, it will be squared away somewhere else based on Newtons 3rd law, often in a way we don’t want. At least when you follow the fair exchange principle, you have an influence on your desired outcome if you follow this principle authentically.

Next week I am going to give you the 2nd part, how do you decide your actions once you have found fair exchange in your interactions.

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