Daily Steps In Self Mastery – Day 23: Duty

Noun; a moral or legal obligation; a responsibility.


Today I will do the work that lies nearest.  Do it as well as I can.  Do it gladly.  the reward of doing one duty is the power to do another.  Be constantly inspired by a love of work well and faithfully done.


My Exercise:

Say these words positively:

  1. I daily do my full duty.
  2. My course is ever onward.
  3. Duty is the path to success.
  4. Duty knows no fear.
  5. I dare to do my duty.


So nigh is grandeur to our dust, so near is God to man.  When duty whispers low, then must, the youth replies, I can.  ~Emerson.

Daily Steps In Self Mastery – Day 22: Speech

Noun; the expression of or the ability to express thoughts and feelings by articulate sounds.


Today I will use the deep tones of the voice.  Speak deliberately, and articulate words clearly.  Let the aim be to use simple, direct English.  Avoid slang and loose expressions.  Investigate every word whose meaning or pronunciation is doubtful.


My Exercise:

Practice these aloud:

  1. Repeat e, a, aw, ah, o, oo.
  2. Strike sharply he, ha, haw, ho, hoo.
  3. Sing “bell”, sustaining the “L”.
  4. Repeat rapidly be-ba-baw-bah-bo-boo.
  5. Burst the voice on ba, baw, bo, boo.


Speak not at all, in any wise, till you have somewhat to speak; care not for the reward of your speaking, but siimply and with undivided mind for the truth of your speaking.  ~Carlyle.

Daily Steps In Self Mastery – Day 21: Truth

Noun; the quality or state of being true.


Today let the motto be “The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.”  Think the truth, speak the truth, live the truth.  Power and self-confidence comes from consciousness of being right.  Let the life be based upon truth.


My Exercise:

Repeat these words many times:

  1. The truth at any cost.
  2. Truth is born of honesty and sincerity.
  3. I date to be true.
  4. I love truth for truth’s sake.
  5. The truth is always right.


Truth crushed to earth shall rise again:  The eternal years of God are hers; but error, wounded, writhes in pain, and dies amid her worshipers.  ~Bryant

Daily Steps In Self Mastery – Day 20: Geniality

Adjective; warmly and pleasantly cheerful; cordial.

Cheerfulness wins friends. The mind is lighted by mental sunshine, and reflects itself in the face.  One cannot be depressed while the corners of the mouth turn up.  Make yourself attractive, magnetic, and interesting to others.  Constantly influence and attract friends.

My Exercise:

Say these words smilingly:

  1. I am always cheerful.
  2. My life makes for happiness and success.
  3. I smile in the face of trouble.
  4. I am brighter and happier every day.
  5. I am smiling now.

For it stirs the blood in an old man’s heart; and makes his pulses fly, to catch the thrill of a happy voice, and the light of a pleasant eye.  ~Willis

Daily Steps In Self Mastery – Day 19: Sympathy

Noun; harmony of or agreement in feeling, as between persons or on the part of one person with respect to another.

Today I will learn to feel kindly towards others.  Be thoughtful and tolerant. Make the path smooth for others by acts of kindness and words of cheer.  Practice self-forgetfulness.  Help others to be happy, confident, hopeful, and successful.

My Exercise:

Think particularly of these things:

  1. I am part of all I have met.
  2. Grow strong through sympathy.
  3. Be always gracious towards others.
  4. Have sympathy for all human kind.
  5. Constantly develop large-heartedness.

Yet, taught by time, my heart has learned to grow, for others’ good, and melt at others’ woe.  ~Pope’s Homer.

Daily Steps In Self Mastery – Day 18: Temperance

Noun; Moderation or self-restraint in action, statement, etc.; self-control. Habitual moderation in the indulgence of a natural appetite or passion, especially in the use of alcoholic liquors.

Today I will practice sobriety, self-denial, and moderation.  Be temperate in all things.  Be strong and resolute.  Make the most of myself. As “the wish is father to thought”, think particularly of those things you desire to bring to pass.  Keep myself in strong and healthy condition.

My Exercise:

Affirm the following:

  1. Let your tastes be simple.
  2. Avoid excess of every kind.
  3. Daily practice self restraint.
  4. Be temperate in all things.
  5. Abstain from that which will harm you.

Well observe the rule of not too much, by temperance taught in what thou eat’st and drink’st.  ~Milton.

Daily Steps In Self Mastery – Day 17: Power

Noun; the ability to do something or act in a particular way, especially as a faculty or quality.

Become equal to great achievements.  Do everything with indomitable will and energetic purpose.  Put our best into all you do.  Accomplish greater things than ever before.  Become daily more influential.  Become positive, magnetic, strong.  Be resolute and persevering.  Become equal to every undertaking.  “I can and will do what I will to do”.

My Exercise:

Emphasize the following:

  1. All power is mine.
  2. I depend upon my own efforts.
  3. True power comes from God.
  4. Persistent effort spells success.
  5. My power increases daily.

Give me a lever long enough and a prop strong enough, I shall single-handed move the world.  ~Archimedes.

Daily Steps In Self Mastery – Day 16: Love

Noun; an intense feeling of deep affection.

This is “the greatest thing in the world”. It means sympathy and willing sacrifice for others.  “All the world loves a lover”, and to be lovable is to attract and win.  Let the heart go out to all mankind.

My Exercise:

Repeat these earnestly:

  1. Love envieth not.
  2. Love linketh noble minds.
  3. Love sacrifices all things.
  4. I love my neighbour as myself.
  5. God is love.

All thoughts, all passions, all delights, whatever stirs this mortal frame, all the but ministers of love, and feed his sacred flame.  ~Coleridge

Daily Steps In Self Mastery – Day 15: Concentration

Noun; the action or power of focusing one’s attention or mental effort.

Today I will learn to fix the mind upon one thing at a time.  Be interested in what you do.  Persistently work for a definite object.  Take new responsibilities.  Apply yourself diligently.  Let desire for achievement make you concentrate with power on the work in hand.

My Exercise:

Hold these in my mind:

  1. Do only one thing at a time.
  2. Examine things closely.
  3. Avoid everything that distracts.
  4. Plan all work as well as you can.
  5. Concentrate with all your power.

I go at what I am about as if there were nothing else in the world for the time being.  That’s the secret of all hard-working men; but most of them can’t carry it into their amusements.  ~Charles Kingsley

Daily Steps In Self Mastery – Day 14: Sincerity

Noun; the quality of being free from pretense, deceit, or hypocrisy.

This is truth in the concrete.  Cultivate the strictest fidelity to truth, both in thought and speech.  Sincerity will be manifest in frankness of manner, directness of purpose, and uprightness of life and conduct.

My Exercise:

Affirm these with great sincerity:

  1. Sail under true colours.
  2. Mean what you say.
  3. Do everything thoroughly.
  4. What the heart thinks let the tongue speak.
  5. Do not equivocate, prevaricate, or exaggerate.

You know I just say what I think, and nothing more more less, and, when I pray, my heart is in my prayer.  I can not say one thing and mean another; If I can’t pray, I will not make believe.  ~Longfellow