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character counts

Character Counts

Character Counts

Why you might ask does character count? Your character develops by your response to your experiences. How you react to a situation is the test of your character in action. Character counts for a multitude of reasons:

  • Good character is crucial for personal interaction
  • Required for daily commerce
  • Makes you a nicer person
  • Improves your neighborhood and city
  • Everyone’s personal character improvement helps the world be better

Character countsHow do I get better?

You must do something. Take action. Doing nothing will not help you improve anything except perhaps your patience. Most of our life is determined by decisions to act or not act. If you believe the words of some great scholars, you might try these approaches to self-improvement:

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” ― Ernest Hemingway

“No man can climb out beyond the limitations of his own character.” — John Morley

“Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are to some extent a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece—by thought, choice, courage and determination.” — John Luther

Simply put, it takes work. You must make the decision to apply yourself. It is not easy. Because you have to change. Change is difficult for most people. But consider the alternative.

What if none of us change or improve?

Then none of us get better. Our character, societies character, begins to stagnate and then slide downhill. Look around you at all the things that are not being used and see what happens to them. Just like a car, a house or a factory, you need maintenance and activity to keep your character strong.

The good is news is that you get to choose. You can choose the easy road and rust out or fall apart. Or you can select the harder road. Stand up, make a positive difference and live. Remember, character counts.

Need some more motivation? Check out Michael Hyatt’s personal development quotes.

Please share this with your social media friends and I would love to hear your thoughts.

Weekend Coffee Share Birthday Edition

Society Edition Weekend Coffee Share

Society Edition Weekend Coffee Share

As we sit down to enjoy our favorite beverage, I want to ask how your week went. Did you get done the things you had planned? Were there steps to in improve your character or some other challenge? What does this have to do with society? I asked myself the same question. I was working on my book, Forging Character, and I kept coming across quotes and stories demonstrating the importance of personal good character on society.

I hope you are doing well and that you are making daily improvements in your life. If you are having challenges, as we all do at times, leave a comment or email me so we can chat. I don’t have all the answers, but perhaps I can help you find your own.

Do not put on your political blinders. What follows is NOT a political commentary, but some thoughts on our society today.

It’s Gene’O’s fault

SocietyOkay, not really, but some our conversations via Facebook prompted me to think about this topic a bit more. Looking at our political landscape today, it is extremely clear that society is sorely lacking. I’m not taking a political side because I feel that none of them are tenable.

Is this society’s (all of us) fault? In some respects it must be. Can we change it? Absolutely, emphatically YES! Will it be easy? Certainly not. Change will require all of us to help. And dare I say, that such change will require us to change ourselves. I can not change the world. I can not change you. I can only change myself and hope that I can influence others enough to want to change themselves as well.

Take a moment to check out this video about the importance of character in a free society.

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Self Improvement

Being Helpful Is Good Character

Being Helpful …

Is good character, but you should do absolutely nothing before you help. STOP, take a few moments to really check the situation. Use your brain before jumping in immediately and trying help. Being helpful does not always mean jumping in and doing. As with most things in life, thinking before doing is highly recommended.

There are many ways to be helpful. One of the best is to not do anything right away. Just evaluate the situation. Asking before attempting to help is a truly amazing idea. So many people think they are helping. But often, they are just complicating the issue. Sometimes they make the situation worse than before they helped.

What does helping have to do with character?

Being HelpfulIdentifying character is easy. Defining it, not so much. We all “know” good character when we see it, but what is it? One of the aspects of good character is being helpful. What does it mean to be truly helpful to another? Check out what Communico says about the lost art of being truly helpful.

Understanding all of us need help now and then is a good trait. Recognizing and being able to offer help is a good character trait. Helpful is one of the twelve points of the Scout Law. The golden rule says, “Do unto others as you have them do unto you.” That sure sounds like being helpful is pretty high on the list. Being helpful is more than just something you do driving around town or at home. The simple act of helping can be good for you.

What about work?

Psychology Today says that being helpful at work pays off, literally. Besides being perceived as nice, you will also be looked at as team player. Having a good reputation at work goes a long way toward. Helping often reduces stress and tension. We can all use a little of that!

So what?

Maybe, if we all were a little more helpful and less focused on what’s in it for ourselves, we might receive more than we expect. The world might become a better place. Our children and grandchildren can expect a better future. One where people are kind, friendly and helpful. So what about being helpful and making it happen?

The ball is in your court.

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Weekend Coffee Share Birthday Edition

Weekend Coffee Share Miscellaneous Edition

Weekend Coffee Share Miscellaneous

If we were sharing a delicious caffeinated beverage, I would tell you that I missed you last weekend because I was at the funeral of a dear friend’s mother. My dear friend’s mother was also like a mother to me and many others. A truly great lady. She made the world a better place. You can read more about my thoughts on her by clicking here. This Weekend Coffee Share Miscellaneous edition is part of my catch up.

Catch up

weekend coffee share miscellaeousNeedless to say, this week I have run around trying to get caught up. I am also working on getting at least one good blog article out every week in addition to the Weekend Coffee Share.

I hope you are doing well and that everything is somewhat reasonable in your life. it was good to get away from work for a bit and visit with family and friends, even under the circumstances.

Do you have any new, interesting or troublesome projects? I always love helping people figure out their project issues. Yes, it’s a geeky kind of thing that I do. My book, Forging Character is moving along. The rewrite is about 20% complete. I was planning to have it done by the end of March, but looks like it will run into April.

Things you may have missed

If you don’t follow my blog regularly, that’s okay. I know how life gets. Here is a recap of some my favorites

I hope you have an awesome week and the following Irish Blessing

Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

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