11 character traits that won’t let you down

by | Sep 14, 2010

Character is invaluable. And those of us enduring emotional and mental challenges rely upon it for support – even survival. But sometimes we get tired and lose focus. Reminders help…

Learning from our mistakes so we inflict no further harm upon others or self.

As we’re using it, here’s Merriam-Webster’s definition of character: “the complex of mental and ethical traits marking and often individualizing a person.”

Let’s dig in a little…

What is character?

I’m in with the description of character as a complex – conglomeration – of a variety of traits. And the collective definitely provides an accurate and useful sketch of an individual. By the way, I’d add emotional to the traits.

Though character, by definition, is a conglomeration, we can’t lose track of what brings it to life – those traits we’re talking about. This is one of the few times I’m suggesting we lose the forest for the trees. I mean, how could we ever hope to build and sustain character if we don’t know, and can’t focus upon, that which defines it.

We also have to keep in mind that character can be good and not so good.

11 character traits that won’t let you down

Okay, to the point. In my mind and heart, the following traits speak volumes about the value of character. And if practiced consistently, they won’t let you down…

  1. Being good to yourself and others
  2. Putting aside self at times to be there for others
  3. Having the fortitude to do the right thing
  4. Moving forward when we believe we absolutely can’t
  5. Anticipating the brightest of dawns amid the darkest of nights
  6. Admitting we’re wrong
  7. Learning from our mistakes so we inflict no further harm upon others or self
  8. Attempting to amend transgressions
  9. Forgiving those who hurt us
  10. Being compassionate
  11. Being grateful for our most basic possessions: life, health, love, family, friends – and the prospects for having them

Can you see why character is invaluable, especially for someone enduring emotional and mental misery?

Curious thing is, I believe folks in our neck of the woods have most of the list handled. I’m just not sure we give ourselves credit. And that’s a shame.

Give thanks and appreciate yourself

Do yourself a favor. Print or save this post and take the time to sit-down and review the traits. Make it a checklist exercise, even asking a loved one or friend to participate.

Give thanks and appreciate yourself for the ones you’re good with. And if you find you have opportunities for improvement, well, get to work.

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