Today’s Monday Challenge asks all you, me included, to take a look at our character and pick one thing to work on improving. I am taking a few draft pages from the book that I am writing on character and sharing it with you. Your honest feedback is appreciated. At this point in the book, good character has been defined and we have established that character can always be improved upon.
Steps To Improve Character
We know what makes up good character. We also know that character can be improved no matter how good we think it is. So where do go from here? Make a list of your best character traits. Next to each one, write one attribute that you think you could improve upon.
Good Traits Improvement
Friendliness Meeting new people, say hi to a stranger in safe setting.
Let’s do the same thing for those traits that are not our top 10 and need polishing.
Traits to improve Improvement
Patience Don’t yell at others when I’m driving.
Pick a trait from either list and improve it for 30-60 days.
On day 1, get up, look at your list and write out a statement about which trait you want to improve and how. Then read your statement out loud “I am improving my today by .” For example, I might say “I am improving by patience today by not yelling at others when I drive.” Carry the statement with you. Make a copy and put it on your mirror. Put one up on your desk at work. Whatever it takes so that you see it and read it. Be aware of your interactions with others and how they might perceive your actions and words. Ask a trusted friend for help in monitoring your progress. Read the statement out loud before you go to bed at night.
Day 2, do it again. Repeat until someone comments that you seem nicer, kinder, more patient or what ever describes the trait you are improving. This might be 3-4 weeks or it may take longer. Some our habits and mannerisms will difficult to change. This why good character takes work. Every day you will make a conscious choice, an effort to improve.
This is your challenge for a better you and a better world.