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The Character Challenge: Intro to a 3-Part Series to Help Clarify Your Personal Development Journey

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This introduction to the 3-part Character Challenge isn't about the type of challenge that will dare you to do something that can hurt you, in any way. Instead, this will actually challenge you to take a good look at the type of character you are, and to see how you can improve upon at least one aspect of your being. You're probably a great person to yourself and others, but there's always a way to bring out the better you. You know my motto: Live and love your life! 

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There are dozens of character traits that make up our being, but I'm going to cover just a few of the most common character traits that people often struggle with, when working on their personal development. In this 3-part series, I'm going to cover the following 18 character traits:

Week 1:

  • Attentiveness – Showing the worth of a person or task by giving my undivided concentration.
  • Boldness – Confidence that what I have to say or do is true, right, and just.
  • Creativity – Approaching a need, a task, or an idea from a new perspective.
  • Decisiveness – The ability to recognize key factors and finalize difficult decisions.
  • 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.

Week 2:

  • Diligence – Investing my time and energy to complete each task assigned to me.
  • Discernment – Understanding the deeper reasons why things happen.
  • 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.
  • Forgiveness – Clearing the record of those who have wronged me and not holding a grudge.
  • Patience – Accepting a difficult situation without giving a deadline to remove it.

Week 3:

  • Responsibility – Knowing and doing what is expected of me.
  • Self-Control – Rejecting wrong desires and doing what is right.
  • Sensitivity – Perceiving the true attitudes and emotions of those around me.
  • Tolerance – Realizing that everyone is at varying levels of character development.
  • Truthfulness – Earning future trust by accurately reporting past facts.
  • Wisdom – Seeing and responding to life situations from a perspective that transcends my current circumstances.

What exactly is a character trait? Simply put, a character trait is a word that describes a person. It is often dormant, or not noticeable, until a situation brings it to the surface. For example: An job applicant may be an honest, in most cases, but may lie about their responsibilities in a previous position.

Character trait vs personality trait: Although there are many traits that can be listed in both categories, such as thankfulness and forgiveness, in general, a character trait may not always be noticeable during your first interaction with someone, whereas a personality trait may be. For example: A person with a bossy personality trait will usually be noticeable the first time you meet the person, whether by phone, email, etc. This is a hard personality trait to hold back.

So, here's your challenge over the next three weeks. Each week, I want you to pick a character trait from the six given and write in the comments below the answer to these three simple questions:

1. Which character trait do you choose to work on improving?

2. What steps will you take to improve this character trait?

3. How will improving it affect your relationships with your co-workers, family and friends? 

If you don't feel comfortable putting your answers in the comment section below, feel free to email me and it will stay private.

Remember, the first step to achieving any goal (yes, this is a goal), is to write it down! One of my goals is to help you reach your goals. I don't care if you're not a good speller and can't put a sentence together. I'm not an English teacher, nor am I here to judge you. I'm only here to help you succeed in whatever you set out to do!

The Character Challenge doesn't officially get started until next week, but if you're anxious to get started on it now (I love go-getters!), feel free to leave a comment below or email me your answers or any questions you have.

That's it. Let's get started on your personal development journey TODAY!

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