Within every individual is the desire, the grand objective to build a noble life. No matter the circumstances of birth, tendencies passed on through heritage, or the amount of times one may fall off course, there is a formula, when practiced, that will ultimately secure such a life.
Harry Emerson Fosdick suggested such a formula. “No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.” It is of his belief that to secure such a life one must practice these three principles, ignoring none, and then over time this desired life of nobility will be secured.
First: A noble objective – a goal that is clearly defined. All efforts made in ones life must be centered and focused on reaching that goal. To arrive at a destination, one must know where it is that they want to go. Setting out on the journey without a decided destination opens the possibility for detours. So decide on the goal and then become focused.
Second: Singleness of mind – singleness of purpose. Defeat will not be an option when one dismisses any feelings of doubt, reasons to delay, or thoughts of indecision. The promise of a successful pursuit is found in each breath of dedication. The decision to dedicate ones energies, and talents to accomplishing, formulates a singleness of mind that puts one well on his way to a realization of ones goal.
Third: A well-disciplined life is the final requisite for great and noble living. Being disciplined is not extreme actions that bring an imbalance, but rather a desire for improvement from one moment to the next. This is the crown that has over time proven to develop the creative ability of genius and leadership.
Ones noble endeavor to following and applying this formula is the makings of a planned, pursued and purposeful life.
Today’s affirmation: “I am focused on a worthy goal, dedicated to put forth the efforts and disciplined to overcome behaviors that form self-defeat”