Building character in our community starts with building it in your own life. You
may not have thought much about good character before and may have never
been taught what each character quality means. You are really building
character all the time with the choices you make; the question is-will you build
good character or bad character?
You can start by making building good character a high priority. You can choose
to let the hard situations in your life become 'testing ground' for your character,
based on the right choices you make. Good character is the product of a
thousand small choices that add up to a lifestyle of good character. Make a
conscious effort to develop good character and join with others in our
community who are committing to doing so!
"Sow a thought,
You reap an act;
Sow an act,
You reap a habit;
Sow a habit,
You reap a character;
Sow a character,
You reap a destiny."
1. Would your authorities say
you have good character?
2. Have you caused damage
to relationships because of
3. What do you value most -
wealth, position, success or
4. Is your character the same
when you are alone as when
you are with others? --the
same at home as out in the
5. When you are wrong, do
you quickly admit it?
6. Is your focus more on
yourself than others?
7. Do you do what is right
because it is right, or
because others will praise
you for it?
Evaluate your goals by the character qualities it would take to reach them.
Begin to praise others for their character, rather than for their
achievements. (For example, honor a graduate for his diligence in his
studies, rather than just congratulating him for getting his degree.)
"I Will" Statements
The character quality featured each month
will be followed by 5 "I will" statements.
These break down the character quality into
small action steps that are clear and do-able.
"The ultimate test of a man is not
where he stands in moments of
comfort and moments of
convenience, but where he stands in
moments of challenge and moments
--Martin Luther King, Jr.
Begin by "thinking character." Look at situations around you through the
grid of character; in other words, evaluate what you see and hear from the
standpoint of character rather the usual measuring sticks. What character
quality was needed? What character quality was displayed?
"If you aim at nothing, you will surely hit it"
Learn about each character quality. A new character quality will be
featured here each month.
Assess your weaknesses and strengths in character. Don't think that
strength in some qualities justifies weakness in others. All qualities are
needed in order to live a balanced and successful life. Then-
Learn the negative opposite; for example, diligence vs. laziness. The
mental picture you get of the negative will help you better understand
the positive quality
List the qualities you want to develop. For example, if you are always late, you
might want to work on deference, responsibility, sensitivity, and punctuality.
Make a plan. List your goals and then make a list of achievable steps to reach
Find a role model who is strong in the quality you want to develop.
Place visual reminders of the quality you want to develop in your "space."
Colorful posters and calendars are available resources to help you.
Surround yourself with people of good character. Just as two pendulum
clocks placed together will swing in synchroniza-tion, we tend to become
like the people we spend time with. Purpose not to respond in poor
character to those who are acting in poor character. Let your good
character influence others.
Memorize the definition for that quality