Franklin believed in the idea of striving for moral perfection. Although no one can ever be actually perfect I think it is a great idea to have that mindset in life. Researching Franklin motivated me to try and take this challenge more seriously because of how much he accomplished in his life. I also am motivated for this challenge because I am always looking for ways to better myself. Franklin attempted to accomplish this by creating a list of virtues.
The five virtues that I have decided to work on are moderation, frugality, accountability, self-discipline, and cleanliness. Firstly I am going to work on moderation by spreading out my time better between football, friends, and family. A way that I am going to do this is by making sure I spend time with my family before I work on football and hangout with friends. The next virtue I am going to work on is frugality. I spend way too much money on food and things I don’t need so I am going to start eating at home and not spending money where I don’t have to. I do this by keeping track of my spending. Another virtue I am going to work on is accountability. I need to hold myself accountable for my school work and continue to improve my grades. I will do this by creating a planner and making sure I finish all of my work. Self discipline is another virtue I will work on. When I work on self discipline my goal is to continue to go to the gym every day but also start making my own healthier meals for myself. The last virtue that I am going to work on is cleanliness. I want to keep my room clean and help my mom around the house more.
My hope for this challenge is that I will come out at the end as a better and healthier person. I know I won’t be able to become morally perfect in two weeks but I still think it is always a good idea to try and better myself. If I see real change in my life for the better I hope I carry on with practicing perfecting these virtues after these two weeks.