A New Year / 13 Subjects

A few weeks ago I read the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. At the end of his book, he shares something I find wonderful. He calls it his 13 virtues, and he attributes the study of these virtues as the biggest key to his success he had in life.

In short, he found that by studying each habit one week at a time the benefits were higher than if one attempted studying multiple subjects at one time. In this system, you go through this 13 weeks cycle 4 times in the 52-week calendar year.

For 2019 I'm going to implement this in my life. I have taken many of Mr. Franklin's virtues for myself while also switching out some for things that I need a better handle on.

How about making a list of your own using Franklin's virtues as a launching off point. It costs you nothing and could be a massive benefit.

Benjamin Franklins 13 Virtues

1. Temperance. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.

2. Silence. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.

3. Order. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.

4. Resolution. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.

5. Frugality. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.

6. Industry. Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.

7. Sincerity. Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.

8. Justice. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.

9. Moderation. Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.

10. Cleanliness. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation.

11. Tranquillity. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.

12. 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.

13. Humility. Imitate Jesus and Socrates.

I hope you enjoy this process, I'll be sure to check back on my progress. Have a great New Year