Chracter Counts
The Wooden Pledge

I pledge to improve and safeguard my character and to myself be true,
   being faithful to my convictions in all I say and do.

I will strive to do what's right and let my conscience be my guide,
   knowing my worth is measured by what I am inside.

I'll take on each day enthusiastically and give every task my all.

I will not whine, complain, or make excuses, even if I fall.

I will live my life with purpose, thinking ahead and having a plan.

I will never allow what I can't do interfere with what I can.

I will find opportunity in adversity and do things right the first time through
   and never be afraid to change or try something new.

I will be patient, poised, and confident, working toward each goal,
   being sure to govern my emotions and demonstrating self-control.

I will count my blessings daily and be grateful for what I possess,
   getting joy from moderation and avoiding all excess.

I will work hard and take initiative in order to excel,
   and I'll make big things happen by doing the little things well.

I will pursue victory with honor, not letting praise or criticism change how I act,
   and I'll strive to be worthy of pride and emulation, in reputation and in fact.

I will be sincere, honest, and loyal, worthy of other's trust.

I will be respectful and responsible, doing what I must.

I will always act with fairness and show others how much I care,
   and I'll be a good citizen and always do my share.

I will live my life with dignity, passion, and fun
   and make each day my masterpiece when all is said and done.


*Derived by Michael Josephson of the Josephson Institute of Ethics from the writings and philosophy of Coach John Wooden.

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