Character Building

What kind of person are you? What is your character? What kind of a person are you? Are you nice? trustworthy? kind? Or are you a selfish, mean person like Scrooge? Do you know how others think of you – honestly? In your group of family and friends – when someone needs a shoulder to cry on, who do they turn to? If someone is having financial troubles, who do they go to? If they need an honest advice, who do they turn to? Are you able to keep a secret? If you say “yes” to that question, but then you decide to share that secret with your BFF, then “no”, you cannot keep a secret. So really, what kind of a person are you? What is your character?

Most people are forced to examine their character several times throughout their life, and be able to determine which character traits are your strengths and which are your weaknesses. Such as for your first job interview. Almost every interviewer will ask, what are your strengths and what are your weaknesses? Knowing what your character is will help you in knowing which to play up-the positives-and which to play down-the negatives. If your negative traits are hindering your life such as in your relationships or in your career, you have to examine yourself and want to change yourself and then devote the time and effort into doing that. If you work at it half-heartedly, you may not change at all. But at the same time you are working on your negatives, remember to play up your positives.

To get an honest accounting of your character, make a list with two columns. In one column, list your positives and your strengths and in the other, list your negatives and your weaknesses. Ask your family and friends and get their input too. Because what you may have thought was a positive trait may be a negative for others, and visa versa. If you feel disheartened about yourself, Don’t! You have plenty of other positives and do realize that others love you. Just work on improving yourself because everybody can change.

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