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MKMMA Week 15 – In Search of Virtue

First, some insight

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So, why isn’t my blog a featured blog? Obviously it is not good enough. Why does that bother me? Did I miss one of my PPNs? Do I really crave recognition for creative achievement? Am I more interested in health than wealth? I suppose I need insight on that. Fortunately, that is the Haanel exercise for this week.

36. For your exercise this week, concentrate on Insight; take your accustomed position and focus the thought on the fact that to have a knowledge of the creative power of thought does not mean to possess the art of thinking. Let the thought dwell on the fact that knowledge does not apply itself. That our actions are not governed by knowledge, but by custom, precedent and habit. That the only way we can get ourselves to apply knowledge is by a determined conscious effort. Call to mind the fact that knowledge unused passes from the mind, that the value of the information is in the application of the principle; continue this line of thought until you gain sufficient insight to formulate a definite program for applying this principle to your own particular problem.

Now for the week

In the meantime, though, this is the week we begin our 13 week personality makeover. The idea originally came from Ben Franklin. We have a few changes to both the approach and the virtues.  His approach was to notice when he acted against the virtue and try to get better.  Our approach is to look for the virtue and trust the Law of Growth.

Comparison of Franklin and My Selected Virtues

Franklin Me
Virtue Meaning Virtue Meaning
Temperance Eat not to dullness, drink not to elevation Courage Feel the fear and do it anyway
Silence Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation. Kindness Do no harm
Order Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time. Listening Pay attention
Resolution Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve. Imagination Forming mental images or concepts of what is not actually present to the senses
Frugality Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself, i.e., waste nothing. Organization structured and efficient
Industry Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions. Self-Control Restraint of oneself or one’s actions, feelings, etc.
Sincerity Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly. Decisiveness Displaying little or no hesitation; resolute; determined
Justice Wrong none by doing injuries or omitting the benefits that are your duty. Cooperation Working or acting together for common purpose or benefit
Moderation Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve. Enthusiasm Absorbing or controlling possession of the mind by any interest or pursuit; lively interest
Cleanliness Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation. Persistence Continue steadfastly or firmly in some purpose
Tranquillity Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable. Specialized Knowledge Acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles not widely known
Chastity Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation. Initiative Leading action; an introductory act or step
Humility Imitate Jesus and Socrates. Seeing God In Others Recognizing the divinity of all people

This week my focus is on courage. I will observe courage in daily life, through books and movies, and in people I know. Leave a comment below to tell me what you think and sign up for email updates.

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