Building good character is a process of continuous improvement that requires time, effort, purpose, commitment and most of all, accountability. Why is accountability at the top of this list? Because without it, we would “flat out” fail. Not one of us is strong enough, committed enough, and courageous enough to build good character on our own.
I believe anyone that is serious about improving their character needs to identify and enlist an accountability partner. Such a person must share the values one is trying to establish. A close friend is likely to fill that role even without being asked. After all, watching your back is what good friends do.
Are you ready to make character improvements? Read on.
Character Begins in the Mind
“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” — Frank Outlaw
“Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.” — Albert Einstein
“As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” — Bible, Proverbs 23:7
Character Has a Standard that is Oblivious to Popular Opinion
“I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character!” — Theodore Roosevelt
Character is Not About Role Playing
“It is better to be hated for who you are than loved for whom you are not.” — Ron White
Character is Not a Swap Meet
“The best index to a person’s character is (a) how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can’t fight back.” — Abigail Van Buren
Character is Dedication to Personal Standards
“Be absolutely clear about who you are and what you stand for. Refuse to compromise.” — Brian Tracy
Character Requires Daily Training in the Gymnasium of Life
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.” — Helen Keller
“Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.” — Phillips Brooks
The Greatest Reward
“The highest reward for a man’s toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it.” — John Ruskin
Character Development is a Responsibility
“Character is a quality that embodies many important traits, such as integrity, courage, perseverance, confidence and wisdom. Unlike your fingerprints that you are born with and can´t change, character is something that you create within yourself and must take responsibility for changing” — Jim Rohn
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