Ask These 2 Questions of Yourself Daily:
What Good shall I do this Day?
What Good have I done to day?
Benjamin Franklin developed a system for living his core values as a young man and developed a list of 13 virtues he wanted to follow in his quest for moral perfection.
What was ground-breaking (then and now) was how he made sure he lived his core values. He developed a chart with the days of the week at the top and the virtues listed in the in the first column. Then he tracked his progress daily.
He learned that he couldn’t change thirteen things at once so he focused on one thing per week. After thirteen weeks, he’d covered all the virtues. Ben realized what a difference living these virtues made in his life so he repeated the process. He continued this for the rest of his life.
In his own words, here are the thirteen virtues that Ben Franklin searched to obtain:
Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i. e., waste nothing.
Lose no time; be always employ’d in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloths, or habitation.
Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dulness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.
Imitate Jesus and Socrates
….so, whether you use Ben’s virtues or make up your own goals, he developed a great system to ensure that you GET, rather than just set, your goals!
Beyond the winning and the goal,
beyond the glory and the fame,
He feels the flame within his soul,
born of the spirit of the game,
And where the barriers may wait,
built up by the opposing Gods,
He finds a thrill in bucking fate
and riding down the endless odds.
Where others wither in the fire
or fall below some raw mishap,
Where others lag behind or tire
and break beneath the handicap,
He finds a new and deeper thrill
to take him on the uphill spin,
Because the test is greater still,
and something he can revel in.
~By Legendary Sportswriter
One has achieved success who has lived well,
laughed often and loved much;
who has gained the respect of intelligent men
and the love of little children;
who has filled their niche and accomplished their task;
who has left the world better than found,
whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;
who has never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty
or failed to express it;
who has always looked for the best in others
and given them the best they had;
whose life was an inspiration;
whose memory a benediction.
~By Bessie Stanley (1905)
Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, complete it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.
~ By Mother Teresa