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The Character Challenge: Week 1

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This is the official start of The Character Challenge... YEAH!! The purpose of this challenge is to help you identify the character trait that you feel needs to be improved, or put to rest. We all have issues, it's how we handle them that makes or breaks us. I'll share a little about myself, here. I used to be a control freak. It reached its heights when I became a single parent of two small kids ages 3 and 7. To make sure everything went smoothly, I felt I had to make all the decisions for my kids, from their clothing to what activities they participated in, all the way to high school. 

Long story short, it led to a strained relationship between me and each of them when they became teens. I have a great relationship with each of them now, but it took a lot of long talks about what went wrong, in order to know what to fix.

There are many different ways to deal with the issues within us, too. Some people meditate. Many people see some sort of counselor. Personally... I pray. Any and all of these methods can help IF you know what to work on first. That's where The Character Challenge! Remember... the goal is to help you learn what needs to be changed in order for you to live and love you life :-)

The Character Challenge Week 1

First things first. If you haven't read last week's blog post, "The Character Challenge: Intro to a 3-Part Series To Help You Clarify Your Personal Development Journey," I urge you to click on the link and read it now. You'll learn exactly what this challenge is expected to help you with. I will enter my own responses below (like I said, we ALL have issues). If you don't want to leave a response below, in the comments section, please email me. The goal is to help you, in the way you're most comfortable :-)

This week's 6 character traits that I want you to choose from are:

  1. Attentiveness – Showing the worth of a person or task by giving my undivided concentration.
  2. Boldness – Confidence that what I have to say or do is true, right, and just.
  3. Creativity – Approaching a need, a task, or an idea from a new perspective.
  4. Decisiveness – The ability to recognize key factors and finalize difficult decisions.
  5. Dependability – Fulfilling what I consented to do, even if it means unexpected sacrifice.
  6. Determination – Purposing to accomplish right goals at the right time, regardless of the opposition.

The reason why it is important to work on character traits, is because they are the parts of us that are ingrained in us. These are the traits that make us who we are. But... that doesn't mean we always like who we are. How many times have you said or done something, then said to yourself, "Why did I just do that?" or "Why didn't I get that done?" For example, using one of the character traits above, Dependability... How many times have you given your word that you would do something but, for whatever reason, you didn't get it done? You may have promised to get quotes for the reunion t-shirts by Friday, or to research daycare facilities by Tuesday. But you usually come up short or empty-handed. Then asked yourself, "Why didn't I do that?"

A common denominator with people who tend to be undependable, or unreliable, is that they tend to blame other people or outside influences. "There's not enough hours in the day." or "I got swamped." are often excuses in an attempt to smooth over their lack of competency. Does this sound familiar? Unfortunately, but fortunately, The Character Challenge is going to force you to take a harsh reality check of your own issues.

That is what The Character Challenge is all about... giving yourself a good dose of reality. You can sugar-coat this all you want, but the sooner you make the decision to take a good, hard look at your character... your reality.. the sooner you will have a higher level of self-love and self-respect. I think you deserve to experience the best you possible. Don't you? 

So, let's get started with The Character Challenge! In the comments section, below, I want you to answer these three 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 this character trait affect your relationships with your co-workers, family and friends?

Remember... writing down your goals is the biggest first step you will take! I urge you to email me any questions or concerns you have.

I look forward to your questions and comments, but most importantly, I look forward to watching you go and grow in your personal development journey. You can do this!

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