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Audrey Marlene's YES Ezine
October 15, 2009

Develop Strong Character

October 2009 Newsletter

Today, so much emphasis is placed on the image me portray rather than the character we should possess. The focus is on the external packaging rather than what emanates from within. Image is something that money can buy but character is not. When we have developed a good character a positive image is naturally displayed.

Character is a set of learned qualities or attributes that defines who we are and our values. It is a behavior we develop from parents, teachers, role models, and peers and is the basis for how we are judged. Character is not the same as personality. Our personalities are a component of our genetic makeup and cannot be changed but we can change our character.

One's character can directly affect their level of success. Someone of honor with virtues such as integrity, courage, patience, generosity, compassion, or fair-mindedness is judged as having strong character. This kind of person is more readily accepted and received in relationships, communities, or business dealings. Begin today to identify your characteristic traits that define who you are and how you are perceived.

Ask yourself:

  • Is my character adding or taking away from my success?
  • Am I making a positive impact on the people around me? Your greatness depends on your character. You have the ability and potential to develop the strongest character possible. Here's how you can begin:

  • Begin by making a list of the characteristic traits of someone you greatly respect and admire.
  • Define your character traits and compare with the above list to see where you stand. If there are certain attributes you would like to emulate make a conscious effort to implement them today in your life.
  • Be clear about your set of values and goals and what they mean to you. Make a decision to live consistent to your set of values and goals.
  • See yourself as a role model for others to emulate.

    To Your Success,
    Audrey Marlene

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