Virtue of the Week- We are what we think!


The other day I was having lunch with a friend and talking about our Virtue First Program. He was telling me that he receives our virtue information each week, but that he really didn’t know what to do with it. Of course, I proceeded to lecture him about the different actions one can take to build virtue, but his question really set me to thinking.

The real power of the “Virtue of the Week” is that it can act as the catalyst for us to think about a particular virtue for seven days straight. I venture to say that in the normal course of my life I probably wouldn’t spend an entire week thinking about patience, or charity, or poise. The Virtue of the Week reminds me about one specific part of our shared humanity.

Have you ever heard that “You are what you think?”

In 1956, Earl Nightingale wrote “The Strangest Secret” in an attempt to teach people the power of the mind, the power of thought. He said, “you become what you think about all day long.” If we think about patience all day long, we become patient. If we think about “Plants and Zombies” all day long, we become “Plants and Zombies”. We’re creatures of habit. We tend to follow the picture in our minds created by our parents, our peers, our family, our neighborhoods, our towns and the part of the world from which we come. For good or for bad. But we don’t have to follow their designs for us. We each have a mind of our own, capable of imagining life the way we want it.
Start imagining your life the way you want it. Create a more virtuous picture in your mind and think about that picture steadfastly all day long. Believe in it. You will start making different choices in line with your picture. You will take small steps in the right direction.

Of course you will always encounter obstacles and vices. Don’t let these obstacles and vices stop you though. If you hold your picture of the virtuous life you want steadfast in your mind, you will eventually create that life.

I’ve seen it proven to be true, both with myself and with a team, a school, and an entire community. Whether you want to be a successful athlete, coach, teacher, parent, teenager, or business professional —whatever—the real key is to begin telling yourself that you are what you hope to be.

We can become what we think about and what better to think about than THE VIRTUE OF THE WEEK.