These failings, for anyone keeping score, are:

Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, and Pride. 

I sure wish I could share some personal examples of each sin but, to the best of my knowledge – or should I say memory –

I have never personally committed any of them. (Stop laughing.) 

The idea of Seven Deadly Sins was originally used by early Christian leaders to spotlight – and make people wary of – their tendency to sin.  Around the 14th century, the Seven Deadly Sins became a popular theme among artists in Europe.  This helped ingrain them in mass consciousness and culture. 

Fortunately, each of the deadly sins has an opposite, corresponding virtue, The Seven Holy Virtues.  These are: Chastity, Abstinence, Liberality, Diligence, Patience, Kindness, and Humility.  Now there’s a Progress Challenge if ever there was one!

Go, and sin no more.


Contributed by:  Dean Lindsay, Award Winning Speaker and Author of The Progress Challenge & Co-Author of Stepping Stones to Success   

Dean Lindsay, Sales and Leadership Speaker