Daily Steps In Self Mastery – Day 31: Personality

Noun; a) the sum total of the physical, mental, emotional, and social characteristics of an individual.  b) the organized patter of behavioural characteristics of the individual.


Build daily a strong, magnetic personality.  Command success.  Grow in power.  Be strong in thought and purpose.  Become a leader.  Develop the best in you.  Be self-confident.  Believe your power is unlimited.  Be successful.


My Exercise:

Affirm these forcefully:

  1. I am a strong personality.
  2. I develop myself daily.
  3. My power grows through use.
  4. I undertake larger responsibilities.
  5. I express my power through deeds.


Great Master, touch me with thy skillful hand, let not the music that is in me die; Great Sculptor, hew and polish me, nor let, hidden and lost, thy from within me lie.  ~Adapted

Daily Steps In Self Mastery – Day 30: Imagination

Noun; the faculty of imagining, or of forming mental images or concepts of what is not actually present to the senses.


Fill the mind with helpful, inspiring pictures.  All great things are first wrought out in the imagination.  Constantly see before you the kind of man you wish to be. Picture a great definite life purpose, and work for it deliberately, and energetically.


My Exercise:

Picture these vividly:

  1. What kind of man do I wish to be?
  2. What great purpose have I in life?
  3. What large thing can I do for others?
  4. What must I accomplish today?
  5. What is my highest ambition?


And as imagination bodies forth the forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen turns them to shape and gives to airy nothingness a local habitation and a name.  ~Shakespeare

Daily Steps In Self Mastery – Day 29: Tact

Noun; a keen sense of what to say or do to avoid giving offense; skill in dealing with difficult or delicate situations.


Aim to say the right thing, at the right time, in the right way.  Try not to give offence.  Cultivate daily a ready power of nice perception and discrimination.  Do what is required by the circumstances.  Let manner and speech be conciliatory.


My Exercise:

Read these carefully:

  1. Be considerate towards others.
  2. Weight consequences carefully.
  3. Cultivate a refined taste.
  4. Study the fitness of things.
  5. Think of what “other men” might think.


Talent is power, tact is skill; talent is weight, tact is momentum; talent knows what to do; tact knows how to do it; talent makes a man respectable; tact will make him respected; talent is wealth, tact is ready money.  ~Anonymous

Daily Steps In Self Mastery – Day 28: Justice

Noun; the quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness, or moral rightness.


Cultivate a spirit of “fair play”. Take a large view of things.  Try to see the “other man’s” standpoint.  Love justice and hate iniquity.  believe that justice and wisdom will conquer in the end.  Justice teaches pity, liberty, and regard for the interests of others.


My Exercise:

Emphasize these:

  1. Justice is an attribute of God.
  2. It is one of the greatest virtues.
  3. Justice triumphs.
  4. Mercy seasons justice.
  5. Justice is a form of greatness.


Thrice is he arm’d that hath his quarrel just, and he but naked, tho lock’d up in steel, whose conscience with injustice is corrupted.  ~Shakespeare

Daily Steps In Self Mastery – Day 27: Enthusiasm

Noun; absorbing or controlling possession of the mind by any interest or pursuit; lively interest.


Put inspiration to work.  Be capable of great things. Enter with the whole heart upon every undertaking.  Know no limitations.  Scale great heights. Earnestness conquers in the face of every difficulty.  Be doing great things now.


My Exercise:

Repeat these enthusiastically:

  1. I have high ideals.
  2. My enthusiasm is infectious.
  3. I am in earnest.
  4. My blood tingles for achievement.
  5. I will achieve.


The passions are the only orators that always persuade; they are, as it were, a natural art, the rules of which are infallible; and the simplest man with passions is more persuasive than the most eloquent without it.  ~François de La Rochefoucauld

Daily Steps In Self Mastery – Day 26: Integrity

Noun; adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty..


Let it be said of me: “His word is as good as his bond”.  Keep every promise, engagement, and obligation.  Deal fairly and justly with every one.  Build for eternity.  Fear no man, because armed with honesty.


My Exercise:

Repeatedly affirm these thoughts:

  1. Honesty is the best principle.
  2. Honour peereth in the meanest habit
  3. I am honest with all men.
  4. To lose my honour is to lose myself.
  5. My honesty dispels fear.


Integrity of life is fame’s best friend, which nobly beyond death, shall crown the end.  ~John Webster.

Daily Steps In Self Mastery – Day 25: Definiteness

Adjective; clearly defined or determined; not vague or general; fixed; precise; exact: a definite quantity; definite directions.


Aim at definite results.  Know precisely what you want and work directly for it.  have fixed plans, and make every moment count toward their fulfilment.  Decide everything carefully, and then push ahead, with determination.


My Exercise:

Say these words definitely:

  1. This one thing I do.
  2. I know what I am working for.
  3. I am energetic and resolute.
  4. I accomplish definite things daily.
  5. I will. I can. I will.


Thy purpose firm is equal to the deed:  Who does the best his circumstances allow does well, acts nobly; angels could no more.  ~Young.

Daily Steps In Self Mastery – Day 24: Purity

Noun; freedom from adulteration or contamination.


Cultivate purity of mind and body.  Guard against evil thoughts.  Let moral integrity be a priceless possession.  Personal example stimulates others.  Practice self-restraint.  Daily give strong spiritual and moral suggestions.


My Exercise:

Emphasize these thoughts:

  1. To the pure all things are pure.
  2. Purity begets pride and worthiness.
  3. Clean hands, clean heart, clean conscious.
  4. The windows of purity are always clear.
  5. Purity is beauty of life.


To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.  ~Shakespeare.

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.