On every person’s mind there is one vocabulary that cannot miss; a desire to be great and “Successful”. It is every person’s dream to be successful in whatever you choose to do. But success and greatness is not as easy as eating bread with butter. Many people are failing to reach their dreams because they lack one thing which is a piece of a rock where greatness and success is built. Are you building castles in the air and on sand! When hard times or storms come your way, do you get crushed and give up easily! You’re looking for a key Ingredient to make you standout in the limelight and live out your potential.
The Bedrock and Key to Success is “Character”
When you lack character, you’re standing in the middle of a game park where wild beasts of prey gnash their teeth waiting for someone to snack on. Lack of character has caused many to hit the ice bar, many families and relationships broken, high divorce rates, failing marriages, businesses, to some are even cursing the day they were born. Life is turning out miserable.
What is Character?
Character is the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual. The total of things that a person does, feels, and thinks by which they are judged as being good or bad, strong or weak. Things like one’s nature, temperament, Mentality. Mental and Moral behavior.
Character is doing what you don’t want to do but know you should do.
I believe every one is a leader in their own capacity. We all have a sphere of influence regardless of the nature of your work, position, title, rank, education, nationality or background. We all have a inner desire to bring positive change and be a good influence to our loved ones and peers. But why have many failed so terribly? The answer is a lack of character. For you can’t give what you don’t have.
To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” ― Theodore Roosevelt
Bad Company corrupts good Character
“Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33
To be on safe ground, you need to examine your associates, what you read, what and who you listen to, and what you do. What dominates your mind and your time will show what kind of a person you are and what you will be in the future. Character is like investments you make now expecting returns in the near future. When you choose your friends, don’t be short-changed by choosing personality over character.
Good Character in not Perfection.
“All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.” ― Sophocles, Antigone
I’m afraid that we all make mistakes. One of the things that defines our character is how we handle mistakes. If we lie about having made a mistake, then it can’t be corrected and it festers. On the other hand, if we give up just because we made a mistake, even a big mistake, none of us would get far in life.
No One Can RISE ABOVE the Limitations of their Character
Have you ever seen highly talented people suddenly fall apart when they achieved a certain level of success? The key to that phenomenon is character.
People who achieve great heights but lack bedrock character to sustain them are headed for disaster.
Hard work can bring you success but after getting to the top, can you stay there forever? Your character will make you a victor or a victim.
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
- Do you finish assignments?
- Can people trust your handshake?
- Can people lean on you?
- Do you bring a sense of belonging to people?
To improve your character, do the following;
• Search for the cracks: For example in work, marriage, family, service and others. See where you have cut corners.
• Look for patterns: Examine the responses that you just wrote down.
• Face the music: create a list of people to whom you need to apologize for your actions.
• Rebuild: build a new future, create a plan that will prevent you from making the same mistakes again.
What we call our destiny is truly our character and that character can be altered. The knowledge that we are responsible for our actions and attitudes does not need to be discouraging, because it also means that we are free to change this destiny. One is not in bondage to the past, which has shaped our feelings, to race, inheritance, background. All this can be altered if we have the courage to examine how it formed us. We can alter the chemistry provided we have the courage to dissect the elements.
Your reputation is in the hands of others. That’s what the reputation is. You can’t control that. The only thing you can control is your character.
If we work on our character, we can always start again. For it is character which holds us together and keeps us on the right course. Be confident and courageous, Love and be faithful, be peaceful like a dove and serve as if you are leaving the world tomorrow. Be good to others. Remember, Choices determine character. Therefore, choose wisely everyday.
Beauty’s only skin deep. Everybody has ugly days. We’re all made of the same stuff underneath. Acting right is better than looking right. Realize what make you special beyond looks. Evil can look pretty on the outside. ― Shannon Delany, 13 to Life
“Fame is a vapor, popularity is an accident, riches take wings, those who cheer today may curse tomorrow and only one thing endures — character.”
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