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Thursday, 16 May 2013

What is Good Character?

What is good character and how do you know if someone has it?
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“Character is like a tree and
reputation like its shadow.
The shadow is what we think of it;
the tree is the real thing.”
- Abraham Lincoln

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A person that is considered to have good character exhibits attributes such as integrity, honesty, courage, loyalty, fortitude, and other important virtues that promote good behavior and habits. Moreover, character marks who we are as a person, and it also highly influences the choices that we make in our lives.
When trying to find out what is good character, ask yourself if you are doing something right because you think that it is really the right thing to do, and not because you are being influenced to do so by others. (Pssst… a person with good character can easily withstand peer pressure, especially the negative sort!)
Good character is something that should not be just for show when you are in front of other people. In fact, one’s true character manifests most especially when you are acting by yourself or when you think no one else is looking.
Character is something that is intrinsically within a person and is above race, religion, age or gender, and even education and one’s personality. Character traits will determine how a person responds or reacts when faced with a certain situation in life. For example, if someone has honesty as a character trait, he will always be truthful and say things that are true as opposed to a person who is not honest.

More about What is Good Character and
How to Further Develop It

Each person has a set of qualities and traits that they think are good. Overall, almost everyone will agree that honesty and integrity, loyalty, and dependability are good qualities of a person. If we want a certain trait for ourselves, we should determine which one is important for us and why we really want to have it. Then we must begin the work of cultivating — or growing — it within ourselves. By having a certain character trait as a specific goal, one can work towards acquiring it much more easily because you will be more conscious of your actions and will think of ways to active it in your daily life.
For example, if you want to be an honest person, you will want to look into the sub-traits that compose it such as truthfulness, diligence and dependability, among others. If you want to work on having honesty as a character trait, you must commit to being a truthful, diligent and dependable person as well.
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“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.
Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened,
ambition inspired, and success achieved.”
- Helen Keller
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Many successful people are known to have strong and good character, and they consider this as their basic foundation. Many people can have riches and resources, but if one does not know what is good character and does not apply it in their lives, then they will never know what it means to be truly successful.

Character Traits

Characters (and real-life people) have unique attributes called traits. Use the following list of character traits as a guideline when writing book reports and essays about the different characters you've read about. Don't stop with this list, though; you can probably think of many more terms to describe your characters.
  • Honest
  • Light-hearted
  • Leader
  • Expert
  • Brave
  • Conceited
  • Mischievous
  • Demanding
  • Thoughtful
  • Keen
  • Happy
  • Disagreeable
  • Simple
  • Fancy
  • Plain
  • Excited
  • Studious
  • Inventive
  • Creative
  • Thrilling
  • Independent
  • Intelligent
  • Compassionate
  • Gentle
  • Proud
  • Wild
  • Messy
  • Neat
  • Joyful
  • Strong
  • Bright
  • Courageous
  • Serious
  • Funny
  • Humorous
  • Sad
  • Poor
  • Rich
  • Tall
  • Dark
  • Light
  • Handsome
  • Pretty
  • Ugly
  • Selfish
  • Unselfish
  • Self-confident
  • Respectful
  • Considerate
  • Imaginative
  • Busy
  • Patriotic
  • Fun-loving
  • Popular
  • Successful
  • Responsible
  • Lazy
  • Dreamer
  • Helpful
  • Simple-minded
  • Humble
  • Friendly
  • Short
  • Adventurous
  • Hard-working
  • Timid
  • Shy
  • Bold
  • Daring
  • Dainty
  • Pitiful
  • Cooperative
  • Lovable
  • Prim
  • Proper
  • Ambitious
  • Able
  • Quiet
  • Curious
  • Reserved
  • Pleasing
  • Bossy
  • Witty
  • Fighter
  • Tireless
  • Energetic
  • Cheerful
  • Smart
  • Impulsive
  • Loyal
  • Character Qualities

    Definitions:

    Alertness
    Being aware of what is taking place around me so I can have the right responses
    Attentiveness
    Showing the worth of a person or task by giving my undivided concentration
    Availability
    Making my schedule and priorities secondary to the wishes of those I serve
    Benevolence
    Giving to others’ basic needs without having as my motive personal reward
    Boldness
    Confidence to say or do what is true, right, and just
    Cautiousness
    Knowing the importance of right timing in accomplishing right actions
    Compassion
    Investing whatever is necessary to heal the hurts of others
    Contentment
    Realizing that true happiness does not depend on material conditions
    Creativity
    Approaching a need, a task, or an idea from a new perspective
    Decisiveness
    The ability to recognize key factors and finalize difficult decisions
    Deference
    Limiting my freedom so I do not offend the tastes of those around me
    Dependability
    Fulfilling what I consented to do, even if it means unexpected sacrifice
    Determination
    Purposing to accomplish right goals at the right time, regardless of the opposition
    Diligence
    Investing all my energy to complete the tasks assigned to me
    Discernment
    Understanding the deeper reasons why things happen
    Discretion
    Recognizing and avoiding words, actions, and attitudes that could bring undesirable consequences
    Endurance
    The inward strength to withstand stress and do my best
    Enthusiasm
    Expressing joy in each task as I give it my best effort
    Faith
    Confidence that actions rooted in good character will yield the best outcome, even when I cannot see how
    Flexibility
    Willingness to change plans or ideas without getting upset
    Forgiveness
    Clearing the record of those who have wronged me and not holding a grudge
    Generosity
    Carefully managing my resources so I can freely give to those in need
    Gentleness
    Showing consideration and personal concern for others
    Gratefulness
    Letting others know by my words and actions how they have benefited my life
    Honor
    Respecting others because of their worth as human beings
    Hospitality
    Cheerfully sharing food, shelter, and friendship with others
    Humility
    Acknowledging that achievement results from the investment of others in my life
    Initiative
    Recognizing and doing what needs to be done before I am asked to do it
    Joyfulness
    Maintaining a good attitude, even when faced with unpleasant conditions
    Justice
    Taking personal responsibility to uphold what is pure, right, and true
    Loyalty
    Using difficult times to demonstrate my commitment to those I serve
    Meekness
    Yielding my personal rights and expectations with a desire to serve
    Obedience
    Quickly and cheerfully carrying out the direction of those who are responsible for me
    Orderliness
    Arranging myself and my surroundings to achieve greater efficiency
    Patience
    Accepting a difficult situation without giving a deadline to remove it
    Persuasiveness
    Guiding vital truths around another’s mental roadblocks
    Punctuality
    Showing esteem for others by doing the right thing at the right time
    Resourcefulness
    Making wise use of what others might overlook or discard
    Responsibility
    Knowing and doing what is expected of me
    Security
    Structuring my life around that which cannot be destroyed or taken away
    Self-Control
    Rejecting wrong desires and doing what is right
    Sensitivity
    Using my senses to perceive the true attitudes and emotions of others
    Sincerity
    Eagerly doing what is right with transparent motives
    Thoroughness
    Knowing what factors will diminish the effectiveness of my work or words, if neglected
    Thriftiness
    Allowing myself and others to spend only what is necessary
    Tolerance
    Accepting others at different levels of maturity
    Truthfulness
    Earning future trust by accurately reporting past facts
    Virtue
    The moral excellence evident in my life as I consistently do what is right
    Wisdom
    Making practical applications of truth in daily decisions

    Alertness

    Being aware of what is taking place around me so I can have the right responses

    Attentiveness

    Showing the worth of a person or task by giving my undivided concentration

    Availability

    Making my schedule and priorities secondary to the wishes of those I serve

    Benevolence

    Giving to others’ basic needs without having as my motive personal reward

    Boldness

    Confidence to say or do what is true, right, and just

    Cautiousness

    Knowing the importance of right timing in accomplishing right actions

    Compassion

    Investing whatever is necessary to heal the hurts of others

    Contentment

    Realizing that true happiness does not depend on material conditions

    Creativity

    Approaching a need, a task, or an idea from a new perspective

    Decisiveness

    The ability to recognize key factors and finalize difficult decisions

    Deference

    Limiting my freedom so I do not offend the tastes of those around me

    Dependability

    Fulfilling what I consented to do, even if it means unexpected sacrifice

    Determination

    Purposing to accomplish right goals at the right time, regardless of the opposition

    Diligence

    Investing all my energy to complete the tasks assigned to me

    Discernment

    Understanding the deeper reasons why things happen

    Discretion

    Recognizing and avoiding words, actions, and attitudes that could bring undesirable consequences

    Endurance

    The inward strength to withstand stress and do my best

    Enthusiasm

    Expressing joy in each task as I give it my best effort

    Faith

    Confidence that actions rooted in good character will yield the best outcome, even when I cannot see how

    Flexibility

    Willingness to change plans or ideas without getting upset

    Forgiveness

    Clearing the record of those who have wronged me and not holding a grudge

    Generosity

    Carefully managing my resources so I can freely give to those in need

    Gentleness

    Showing consideration and personal concern for others

    Gratefulness

    Letting others know by my words and actions how they have benefited my life

    Honor

    Respecting others because of their worth as human beings

    Hospitality

    Cheerfully sharing food, shelter, and friendship with others

    Humility

    Acknowledging that achievement results from the investment of others in my life

    Initiative

    Recognizing and doing what needs to be done before I am asked to do it

    Joyfulness

    Maintaining a good attitude, even when faced with unpleasant conditions

    Justice

    Taking personal responsibility to uphold what is pure, right, and true

    Loyalty

    Using difficult times to demonstrate my commitment to those I serve

    Meekness

    Yielding my personal rights and expectations with a desire to serve

    Obedience

    Quickly and cheerfully carrying out the direction of those who are responsible for me

    Orderliness

    Arranging myself and my surroundings to achieve greater efficiency

    Patience

    Accepting a difficult situation without giving a deadline to remove it

    Persuasiveness

    Guiding vital truths around another’s mental roadblocks

    Punctuality

    Showing esteem for others by doing the right thing at the right time

    Resourcefulness

    Making wise use of what others might overlook or discard

    Responsibility

    Knowing and doing what is expected of me

    Security

    Structuring my life around that which cannot be destroyed or taken away

    Self-Control

    Rejecting wrong desires and doing what is right

    Sensitivity

    Using my senses to perceive the true attitudes and emotions of others

    Sincerity

    Eagerly doing what is right with transparent motives

    Thoroughness

    Knowing what factors will diminish the effectiveness of my work or words, if neglected

    Thriftiness

    Allowing myself and others to spend only what is necessary

    Tolerance

    Accepting others at different levels of maturity

    Truthfulness

    Earning future trust by accurately reporting past facts

    Virtue

    The moral excellence evident in my life as I consistently do what is right

    Wisdom

    Making practical applications of truth in daily decisions

     

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