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70 Values and Character Traits You Can Improve

List of 70 Values and Character Traits

70 Values, what path do you walk?

Values, what path do you walk?

This list of 70 values is far from comprehensive. Values and character, while simple concepts, are as complex and varied as there are people in the world. Check out this list of values and character traits to see which ones are your strengths and which ones may need some work. What would you add to the list? What do you do to forge your character? Here are 70 values and character traits as food for thought on improving.

  1. Alertness – Being aware of what is taking place around me so I can have the right responses.
  2. Attentiveness – Showing the worth of a person or task by giving my undivided concentration.
  3. Availability – Making my schedule and priorities secondary to the wishes of those I serve.
  4. Behavior – Socially accepted “normal” good interactions.
  5. Benevolence – Giving to others basic needs without having as my motive personal reward.
  6. Boldness – Confidence that what I have to say or do is true, right, and just.
  7. Brave – Facing something that you fear and performing the task in spite of the fear.
  8. Cautiousness – Knowing how important right timing is in accomplishing right actions.
  9. Cheerful – A happy smiling person that everyone wants to be around.
  10. Citizenship – Not just simply, “following the rules” but giving back to your community and country.
  11. Clean – Not just physically cleanliness, but also having a clean mind and spirit.
  12. Compassion – Investing whatever is necessary to heal the hurts of others.
  13. Contentment – Realizing that true happiness does not depend on material conditions.
  14. Cooperation – Learn to work with others in a positive way.
  15. Courtesy – Simple things like holding a door for someone or letting someone come over in traffic while.
  16. Creativity – Approaching a need, a task, or an idea from a new perspective.
  17. Decisiveness – The ability to recognize key factors and complete difficult decisions.
  18. Deference – Limiting my freedom so I do not offend the tastes of those around me.
  19. Dependability – Fulfilling what I consented to do, even if it means unexpected sacrifice.
  20. Determination – Purposing to carry out right goals at the right time, regardless of the opposition.
  21. Diligence – Investing my time and energy to complete each task assigned to me.
  22. Discernment – Understanding the deeper reasons why things happen.
  23. Discretion – Recognizing and avoiding words, actions, and attitudes that could bring undesirable consequences.
  24. Endurance – The inward strength to withstand stress and do my best.
  25. Enthusiasm – Expressing joy in each task as I give it my best effort.
  26. Fairness – Treating and expecting others to treat everyone by the same rules. No favoritism.
  27. Faith – Confidence that actions rooted in good character will yield the best outcome, even when I cannot see how.
  28. Flexibility – Willingness to change plans or ideas according to direction.
  29. Forgiveness – Clearing the record of those who have wronged me and not holding a grudge.
  30. Friendliness – To have friends, one must first be a friend. Take the first step and say hi.
  31. Generosity – Carefully managing my resources so I can freely give to those in need.
  32. Gentleness – Showing consideration and personal concern for others.
  33. Good manners – Basic common courtesy and accepted public behavior.
  34. Gratefulness – Letting others know by my words and actions how they have helped my life. A little gratitude goes a long way.
  35. Helpful – Be willing to help someone in need.
  36. Honor – Respecting those with good character and all that it stands for.
  37. Hospitality – Cheerfully sharing food, shelter, or conversation to help others.
  38. Humility – Acknowledging that achievement results from the investment of others in my life.
  39. Ideas – Don’t just float along the stream of life, contribute to it in a positive way. THINK!
  40. Imagination – Creative thinking
  41. Initiative – Recognizing and doing what needs to be done before I am asked to do it.
  42. Intellect – Using your brain. Continuing to learn daily.
  43. Intentions – Doing your daily tasks with good intent.
  44. Joyfulness – Maintaining a good attitude, even when faced with unpleasant conditions.
  45. Justice – Taking personal responsibility to uphold what is pure, right, and true.
  46. Kind – Much like compassion. Be nice to everyone around you.
  47. Listening – Everyone likes a good listener
  48. Loyalty – Using difficult times to demonstrate my commitment to those I serve.
  49. Meekness – Yielding my personal rights and expectations with a desire to serve.
  50. Obedience – Quickly and cheerfully carrying out the direction of those who are responsible for me.
  51. Orderliness – Arranging myself and my surroundings to achieve greater efficiency.
  52. Patience – Accepting a difficult situation without giving a deadline to remove it.
  53. Persuasiveness – Guiding vital truths around another’s mental roadblocks.
  54. Punctuality – Showing esteem for others by doing the right thing at the right time.
  55. Purpose – You know and understand why you are here.
  56. Resourcefulness – Finding practical uses for that which others would overlook or discard.
  57. Respect – Not only for yourself, but others, the environment, animals, etc.
  58. Responsibility – Knowing and doing what is expected of me.
  59. Security – Structuring my life around that which cannot be destroyed or taken away.
  60. Self-Control – Rejecting wrong desires and doing what is right.
  61. Sensitivity – Perceiving the true attitudes and emotions of those around me. Not having a hard heart.
  62. Sincerity – Eagerness to do what is right with transparent motives.
  63. Thoroughness – Knowing what factors will diminish the effectiveness of my work or words if neglected.
  64. Thoughtfulness
  65. Thriftiness – Allowing myself and others to spend only what is necessary.
  66. Tolerance – Realizing that everyone is at varying levels of character development.
  67. Trustworthy – Doing what you say. The ability to be trusted. Building trust is important.
  68. Truthfulness – Earning future trust by accurately reporting past facts.
  69. Virtue – The moral excellence clear in my life as I consistently do what is right.
  70. Wisdom – Seeing and responding to life situations from a perspective that transcends my current circumstances.

Parting thoughts

Leave a thought or two about what values you would add to the list. Or maybe the one or ones that you struggle with the most. Which of the 70 values would you change in the definitions? What successes have you had? Are there any struggles that you face?

Building character

Forging Character Quotes

Forging Character Quotes

Character and Effort

forging character quote

Froude forging character quotes

There are some amazing quotes that get bandied around. One of my favorites I found  attributed to Henry David Thoreau, but as it turns out, he was quoting James Anthony Froude. Character takes effort and hard work. That is why the use of the term forging. It implies effort, hard work and heat under pressure. Also it requires time. Just like forging a piece of metal into something useful, forging ones character is a slow methodical process. It turns out many of the forging character quotes point out the dedication and will needed to hammer and forge yourself a good character.

“You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.” — English historian,  James Anthony Froude

You can read more about the misattributions of this quote on Walden Wood’s Project.

Character and Trial

Character is not tested or developed by studying and classroom drills. It develops in the forge called life. When you have struggles and difficulties, these are character defining moments. Is it easy? No! But if you want success, Helen Keller says you must push through it and persevere. Here are Helen’s thoughts on character:

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

Character and Society

Another great quote is by Channing. It implies that without personal or individual character , we will not have a society. To put this in perspective, think of a world where there is no right or wrong. The strong prey on the weak and take what they want. There are no societal norms or conscience to reign in  behavior. Commerce breaks down because no one trusts anyone. You might as well be living back in the days of the wild west or with the pirates sailing the seven seas. There would lawlessness, violence and hatred running rampant. While not one of the forging character quotes, it does simply state the need for good character.

The great hope of society is individual character.
William Ellery Channing

What are your thoughts on character? Do you have a favorite quote, saying or story? Leave a comment and share it.


Friday Funny Thoughts

Friday funny thoughts

Friday Funny Thoughts

Just a collection of thoughts and questions that sometimes pop into my head and fall out on to the blog. Friday funny thoughts may or may not become a regular feature. If you enjoy them, leave a comment below and let me know or better yet, add your own Friday funny thoughts. There are many times things just whirl around in my head and get sucked back up into the cloud. Other times a few of them manage to escape and somehow find their way into the Blog-O-Sphere. Below is a sampling of the ones that managed to escape. Perhaps it’s better that some of them are not able to find their way out. Here’s hoping you are having a great Friday and awesome weekend!

  • If Wile E. Coyote has enough money to buy all that Acme stuff, why can’t he just order takeout?
  • Do illiterate people get the full effect of Alphabet Soup?
  • If corn oil is made from corn and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?
  • If chocolate chip cookies are with chocolate chips and macadamia nut cookies are made with macadamia nuts, Are  Girl Scout cookies made with real Girl Scouts?
  • If quizzes are quizzical, what are tests?
  • Why do park on driveways and drive on parkways?
  • If the plural of foot is feet, why isn’t the plural of boot, beet?
  • A vegetable farmer is a person whose job is to produce produce
  • Why does your nose can run and your feet smell?
  • How can you can be overwhelmed, but not whelmed?

Okay, now it’s your turn. What are those burning questions or things that are just rattling around in our your head trying to get out? If any funny ones manage to escape, share your thoughts below and have a great weekend!

Aspire to Inspire

Aspire To Inspire

Aspire to Inspire

Our guest blogger today is Karen Pearce of Fill Your Own Glass. I invited Karen to do a guest appearance because I like her blog and the optimism that she exudes. Karen brings a great story about learning to compliment and encourage your co-workers. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us Karen.

Guest Blog by Karen Pearce

A few years back, I was about a month into a new job. During a weekly staff meeting I complimented a co-worker on her job knowledge. I was met with an awkward silence and blank looks from around the conference table, followed by an appreciative, if somewhat embarrassed, acknowledgement from the recipient. It seems I had just stumbled into uncharted office territory.

This was not the first time this had happened. It has been my experience that while managers are open to offering praise that is not always the case with co-workers. I was not wiling to offer it during the early years of my career either. I was insecure and unsure of my abilities. It was not until I grew and became confident, that I was able to start complimenting my peers.

I do not believe that people withhold accolades for being spiteful or unkind. It is done out of a sense of insecurity and uncertainty. Perhaps they are afraid that shining the spotlight on the talents of another will somehow diminish their own. They may fear that their praise will lead to a co-worker winning a promotion that they wish for themselves. Or, they might simply be worried that the compliment will not be well-received and valued by its beneficiary.

In contrast to extending praise to others, we do on occasion come across those who do the opposite.  There are people who will, unfortunately, speak ill of their colleagues in trying to make themselves look smarter or more important.  This, while also done out of a sense of insecurity and uncertainty, is done with malicious intent.  Belittling others does not better us.  Minimizing the accomplishments of others does nothing to maximize our own.  Tearing others apart does not build us up.  It only serves to make us look petty and small. 

Criticism and pettiness is not limited to the workplace.  We often hesitate to compliment classmates, friends, or family members.  Most of us would seldom think to offer one to a stranger.  If, however, we are willing to learn the power of sharing our admiration with others, then we will do so in unabashed fashion.

Be the light, aspire to inspire!

Aspire to inspire

To inspire is incredible

I love hearing one person compliment another.  It never fails to make me smile and to give a pleasant lift to my day.  If it has that effect on me then imagine what it does for the receiver.  One kind phrase bestowed on someone has the power to literally change their life.  It might do nothing more than brighten their day.  Or it may be the one thing that pulls them back from the edge of darkness.  It could be the flame that ignites their spark.  Your words can make others shine!

Let us aspire to inspire!

I challenge you to spend the next week on a “compliment crusade”.  Find five people each day, and pay them each a genuine compliment.  Watch how it affects them, and see if they pay it forward in kind.  I believe that if you try it for a week and see the results, you will make it a part of your daily routine.  Let’s not just read the motivational quotes.  Let’s BE the motivational quotes!  Let’s aspire to inspire!

Karen’s Bio

KarenPearceKaren is a reformed pessimist turned optimist. She is an insurance professional and freelance writer. Being a law enforcement wife and owned by a 17 year-old cat take up much of her time.

You can learn more about her by checking out her about page. But to really get to know her, stop by and follow her blog. She has a lot of great positive material.