Week 1 – Self-Discipline
“The first and best victory is to conquer self.” – Plato
The first of the Infinite 8™ is the concept of self-discipline, which is the cornerstone of all eight. Webster’s Dictionary defines self-discipline as the correction or regulation of oneself for the sake of improvement. To be self-disciplined is to deny that which is quick and easy. It is to never cut corners. It is to control all of your wants, desires, bad habits, and negative attitudes for optimal performance and achievement. It is to deny instant gratification while keeping in mind the bigger picture. It is to understand the importance of working hard, and playing later; of suffering now for ultimate fulfillment.
Week 2 - Self-Responsibility
“The price of greatness is responsibility.” – Winston Churchill.
Webster’s Dictionary defines responsibility as moral, legal, or mental accountability. To be responsible is to always accept the consequences of one’s own actions. It is to never make excuses for anything, and never point fingers at someone else. It is to never blame the forces that are uncontrollable, because you are too busy utilizing that which they do control. It is common to experience ourselves or others make excuses for why things turned out a certain way.
People complain that their life was hard; they weren’t given opportunities; they didn’t have both parents in the home; it’s because of racism; or it’s because they are poor.The truth is, that there never has and never will be any qualifications for achieving the pinnacle of personal greatness. It is up to the individual to decide when to cease existing as a victim of chaos and take self-responsibility for creating harmony within, in order to better one’s external environment.
Week 3 - Persistence
“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”—Harriet Beecher Stowe
To be persistent is to be aggressive. It is to take advantage of every opportunity. Persistence is to fail and never lose enthusiasm. It is to understand that as human beings we are only capable of using ten percent of our brain, so for every problem, there are nine answers that have yet to be thought of. And persistence in the wrong direction is just a waste of time.
Week 4 - Fearlessness
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.” – Nelson Mandela
Webster’s Dictionary defines fear as being afraid or apprehensive. The inverse of fear is being fearless. To be fearless is to be confident and to be confident is to be prepared, because we don’t fear that for which we are prepared. We must learn how not to be afraid to take chances. If one doesn’t have faith in him or herself, than no one else will.
The utilization of the Infinite 8™ Philosophy will teach individuals, organizations, and communities how to run toward their fears and annihilate them one by one. They are to be shown how they can become increasingly powerful by conquering their own inner adversary; which is themselves. Human beings are the only creatures capable of mentally projecting ourselves forward through space and time, anticipating the future. It is the fear of the unknown and infinite possibilities that often paralyzes us, and inhibits us from pursuing our dreams and ultimately realizing them.
Week 5 - Excellence
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle.
What does it mean to embody excellence? Excellence is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as the quality of being excellent and goes on to define excellent as being superior. Excellence means to be competent, competence means to be knowledgeable, and participants should be knowledgeable in everything that they do. And if possible, be the most knowledgeable person in the room. Competence comes from gaining knowledge and productively applying that body of knowledge toward a particular purpose.
Week 6 - Foresight
“In the absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia, until we become enslaved by it.” – Robert Heinlein
Foresight is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as the act of looking forward. To have foresight is to discover your inner calling or purpose and to formulate a vision. It is to visualize where you want to be in twenty years, and discover what you can do now to slowly actualize that vision. It is to realize that reality is but a fluid that can take the shape of any container.
Week 7 - Character
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
One must be able to be entrusted with responsibility, and possess the ability to make the right decisions even when no one else is looking. Webster’s Dictionary defines character as one of the attributes or features that make up and distinguish an individual. Individuals, organizations, and communities are to be taught the concept that if people can trust them, then doors will open for them. Aristotle thought that human good, after all, should be something stable which is under our control and hard to deprive us of. He also believed that everyone is capable of becoming better, and thus all are responsible essentially for their actions that express and ultimately come to define ones character.
Week 8 - Humility
“To be truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.” – Charles de Montesquieu
Webster’s Dictionary defines humility as the quality or state of being humble. To have humility is to have compassion. It is to have empathy. It is to understand that we have so much yet to discover. One must not erroneously necessarily associate humility with lacking confidence or submission, for it takes great strength to deny self-praise or glory in exchange for the rightful recognition of others.
We wish you well as you embark upon a journey where there are no limits to what you can do or become...