Freedom of choice and its 4 Components. Respond not React.

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Freedom of choice

Freedom of choice is the space between stimulus and response. We can choose our response instead of reacting to our external circumstances.

If we react then we lose our control and our external circumstances control our fate. In responding to circumstances however we take our destiny in our own hands.

  1. Self-awareness
  2. Imagination
  3. Conscience
  4. Independent Will

1) Self Awareness in freedom of choice


“We are not our feelings. We are not our moods, We are not even our thoughts.

Self-awareness enables us to stand apart and examine even the way we “see” ourselves-our self paradigm, the most fundamental paradigm of effectiveness.
It affects not only our attitudes and behaviors but also how we see other people. It becomes our map of the basic nature of mankind

Stephen R. Covey
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Values and principles. How are they different and why are they important?

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Values and principles

Values and principles are very different but it’s not easily apparent.

Most people think about values all the time. This is because values that a person prioritizes are unique to every person.

Values thus are more individualistic. Stephen R. Covey refers to values as a Mental Paradigm i.e. a person’s belief on how things should be.

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First-principles and how to improve our understanding of the world

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What is First-principles thinking

First-principles thinking is the way the entire branch of Physics evolved in science.

Thinking with the First principles helps us to reach a better understanding of the world.

Searching for a definition of First principles you will come across a quote by Aristotle. Aristotle defined the First principle as –

The first basis from which a thing is known.”

– Aristotle

Thinking by First-principles has laid the foundation for some of the greatest thinkers in all fields.

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Wu Wei and how to resolve difficult problems peacefully

How to resolve difficult problems peacefully

Meaning of Wu Wei

Wu in English means no/ negation and Wei means action. Wu Wei thus translated in English means no action or actionless-action or best as Alan watts describes it Not-forcing.

Some people believe that Wu Wei is a call to inaction or cultivated passivity. They think Wu Wei is representative of being lazy or avoiding the work that is supposed to be done. That isn’t true.

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