The Wooden Pledge
I pledge to improve and safeguard my character and to myself be true,
Â Â 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,
Â Â 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
Â Â and never be afraid to change or try something new.
I will be patient, poised, and confident, working toward each goal,
Â Â being sure to govern my emotions and demonstrating self-control.
I will count my blessings daily and be grateful for what I possess,
Â Â getting joy from moderation and avoiding all excess.
I will work hard and take initiative in order to excel,
Â Â 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,
Â Â 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,
Â Â and I'll be a good citizen and always do my share.
I will live my life with dignity, passion, and fun
Â Â 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.