What is Character?
Character, either good or bad, is the sum of our habits of action and hidden
attitudes, combined to display the essence of who we are to others around us. It
has nothing to do with our physical appearance or our personality, but has
everything to do with our relationships, our effectiveness, and our success in life.
It is the result of goals we have set and the many choices, big or small, that
result. Character is what makes us tick! It is what we do when no-one else is
around to see our actions.
Our character can be changed! Learning about good character qualities, letting
those qualities be the grid through which we make choices, and developing new
habits of behavior will build good character in us.
Good character is built upon qualities that are universally recognized and
time-tested as being right. They transcends all religion and are standards of good
behavior that are deep in the heart of conscience of mankind.
These good character qualities fit together without contradiction and balance
each other. They all add up to "putting others first."
Character is not the same as values, that change according to the times and the
opinions of the people shaping them. Other words used for character qualities
are "morals" and "virtues."
"The measure of a
man's real character
is what he would do if
he knew he would
never be found out."
"A good character is
more valuable than
"Every conflict in life
can be traced to the
neglect, violation, or
misapplication of one
or more character
--from The Power for
True Success, p. 9
Good character is like a compass that always points north, helping us to get
our bearings and to find what is true and right when we are under pressure.
What is Good Character?