Zig On…The Scout Oath
By Zig Ziglar
August 17, 2010 Edition #33
(Part One of a Five-Part Series)
“ON MY HONOR, I WILL DO MY BEST…” The Scout Oath consists of just 40 words. Let’s look at the first eight of them which say, “On my honor, I will do my best…”
The word “honor” is certainly a marvelous word. It can play a significant part in a person’s success in every phase of their life, and will help to prepare them in their personal, family and business lives. My 1828 Noah Webster Dictionary says that honor is “the esteem due or paid to worth.” It’s “high estimation.” It’s “dignity, exalted rank or place.” It’s “reverence, veneration, reputation, good name, true nobleness of mind, magnanimity, dignified respect for character.” It’s “any particular virtue much valued.” It’s “proceeding from an upright and laudable cause or directed to a just and proper end.” It’s “honesty without hypocrisy or deceit.”
When the Scout gives the Scout sign every week and says, “On my honor…” he is saying a great deal. When he says, “I will do my best,” that’s quite a commitment. We need to understand that he did not say, “I will be the best.” He said, “I will do my best.” Real satisfaction comes when we expend our best effort in quest of a worthy ideal and Scouting seeks to do exactly that.
My Webster’s dictionary says that “best” is “most good. Having good qualities in the highest degree.” The word “best” is a powerful word and for the Scout to take that oath each week to “do his best” will impact his performance that week. You put enough weeks together and you’ve got a lifetime of doing your best. Anyone who does their best consistently, regardless of their field of endeavor, will experience extraordinary success in all areas of life and will have a sense of satisfaction that will be second to none. Think about it. Put the Scouting principles into practice in your life and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!
Zig Ziglar is known as America’s motivator. He is the author of 29 books and numerous audio and video recordings. He brings his message of hope to thousands on the stages at the Get Motivated Seminars. See him in action!
I’ve got to say no to the good so I can say yes to the best. ~Zig Ziglar
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