"Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anyone else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself and be lenient to everyone else."
In the second chapter of "No Excuses!" By Brian Tracy, he discussed the relationship between having a character that encouraged growth and discipline. He said that developing a character is a great business of life and the honor of character is the greatest achievement of social and business life.
There are a series of virtues or values a person of character possessed, mainly courage, compassion, generosity, temperance, persistence, and friendliness. However, integrity is the most important because it determine the depth and the strength of your character. Also, integrity is the value that guarantees the other values.
“Nothing at last is sacred except the integrity of your own mind.”
Tracy said that the only way that we can develop our character is by exerting willpower and not giving in to temptation. Temptation to do what is easy and expedient rather than what is correct and necessary.
Be mindful of the people you surround yourself with, because they affect your attitude and influence your personality or character.
It is always important to identify the people who are investments and bills to you, as it will improve the way you live your life and change or improve the environment you expose yourself to.
Your self-esteem is largely determined by how consistent your self-image, which shapes your personal behavior, is with your self-ideal, or your vision of the very best person you can possibly be."
On the other hand, the more you like yourself, and others, the more they like you in return.
Answer these questions when temptation is just around the corner:
What one quality would I like people to think of when my name is mentioned, and what could I do to ensure this happens?
Sharing the knowledge I learned in my journey of life!
Here, I shared the nuggets I learned on the Chapter 2 of the book "No Excuses!" by Brian Tracy. Having self-discipline is so important to me to be consistent on my track and stay on it and this chapter helps me to focus on my character to become more disciplined. I hope this helps you and have a nice day ahead!
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