Virtues help guide decisions in life, both subconsciously and those requiring active concentration. Develop a literal list of virtues major decisions, and influence everyday actions.
Generally, virtues are ideals agreed upon by most of society as being positive. These differ from values, which vary greatly for each individually.
Ben Franklin strived to improve upon a set of 13 virtues. He focused upon one each week, working to improve that particular virtue. Meanwhile, he kept a running checklist of all virtues and marked his transgressions each day.
Franklin’s list of virtues used terms that seemed somewhat outdated. His principle of striving for continual improvement is not. This virtues list [serves as a great start(https://liveanddare.com/virtues/), and I used it as a guide to create an 8 item list of virtues. I put this list in my daily notebook, which I carry nearly everywhere.
Wisdom has been left off this list and should be mentioned. It’s best to act with wisdom but it’s hard to strive for wisdom. Wisdom develops out of other virtues, rather than as a leading ideal to be sought.