The third step in converting your moral code is to determine your #1 principle. In order to gain control of your life, you must determine the #1 principle on your moral code. Your #1 is the principle that has always won out in every conflict with your other principles. One way to determine it is to go over the major decisions in your life and see what principles were conflicting and which ones won out.
Every decision you make involves a conflict of at least two principles on your moral code. You will go with the decision based on the principle that is highest on your actual moral code. (I call this your Physical ARE.) You may regret it because it shouldn't be the highest, but you'll still go with it until you modify your actual moral code. That's NOT to say the #1 was the principle that won out on your major decision...it may not have been one of the choices. The #1 is the one that has never lost.
These principles could be friends, professional power, wealth, sex, animals...I say the last one because I like to use the PETA people as an example, especially the most extreme ones. When they say that animals shouldn't be used for anything including medical testing, then their actual moral code values animal life over human life. In fact, it looks like animals are their #1. Be careful what your #1 is because it will lead you to do things you may regret in the Long Term.
In an earlier post, I mentioned I use music to give me energy to handle the tasks I don’t enjoy. This technique comes from the Survival philosophy. I am getting energy from one source only to consume it in a way doesn’t give me a return in energy.
Ultimately, your top principles should give you energy. This is the Profitability philosophy. When your top priorities give you energy, you end up with an abundance of energy and the process becomes easier. Top priorities that consume energy should be prime candidates for substitution.
When we talk about your top priorities, we are talking about your ARE. The #1 principle that results in the most profitability is the one God designed you to follow. I call this the Spiritual ARE.
The ultimate way to determine your Spiritual ARE is through grace. Ask God and He will direct your attention. In order to help you begin this process and get a general idea on where to direct your attention, I would ask you to try the following:
1. Make a list of things give you energy
1A. Make a list of things that drain your energy
2. Make a list of the life decisions you’ve made
3. Determine the reasons you made the decisions you've made by looking at thelist of things that give you energy