Do You Have Good Character or Bad Character?
Everyone has character. People sometimes think of character as something a person either has or doesn’t have. They may say, “He has character,” meaning he has good character. We intuitively recognize the truth that everyone has “character” and we distinguish between “good” and “bad” character.
LIST OF GOOD AND BAD CHARACTER QUALITIES
What are the character qualities, or character traits, that make up a person’s character? How can they be built into a persons life? Can they be changed?
If you and I were each to make a list of good “character qualities,” or “character traits,” we would probably both include such words as honesty, integrity, dependability, loyalty, enthusiasm, etc. Of course, there are many others that could be added.
The list of character traits that I like to use is the list identified by the Character Training Institute of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Character Training Institute list breaks “character” down into forty-nine specific, definite, character qualities, or traits. (click here to view a list of character traits). Having such a list of character traits allows us to focus on specific qualities in order to build “good character” into our lives.
By breaking character down into its basic elements in this way, we are better able to focus on building specific qualities into our lives. As we work on strengthening specific good character qualities, our overall character is improved.
For example, “honesty” really consists of several more basic qualities – truthfulness, dependability, diligence, etc. Therefore, when I work on becoming more honest, I do so by becoming more truthful, more dependable, more diligent, etc.
How Does Our Character Affects Our Lives?
It has been said that CHARACTER is the foundation for all true success. A person may have money, position, or power, but unless he has “good” character he or she is not considered to be truly successful.
On a more immediate and practical level, our character is what really determines our success in any area of life. Our character guides our responses to any situation or circumstance in our life. It is why we do the things we do and it is why we do things the way we do them. Since how we respond to the various things that come up is what will determine the results we get, it follows that the success we have in any endeavor are determined by our character.
Go to the next page to read about how the lack of a single character quality damaged my relationship with my daughter…