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Being aware of what is taking place around me so I can have the right responses
Showing the worth of a person or task by giving my undivided concentration
Making my schedule and priorities secondary to the wishes of those I serve
Giving to others’ basic needs without having as my motive personal reward
Confidence to say or do what is true, right, and just
Knowing the importance of right timing in accomplishing right actions
Investing whatever is necessary to heal the hurts of others
Realizing that true happiness does not depend on material conditions
Approaching a need, a task, or an idea from a new perspective
The ability to recognize key factors and finalize difficult decisions
Limiting my freedom so I do not offend the tastes of those around me
Fulfilling what I consented to do, even if it means unexpected sacrifice
Purposing to accomplish right goals at the right time, regardless of the opposition
Investing all my energy to complete the tasks assigned to me
Understanding the deeper reasons why things happen
Recognizing and avoiding words, actions, and attitudes that could bring undesirable consequences
The inward strength to withstand stress and do my best
Expressing joy in each task as I give it my best effort
Confidence that actions rooted in good character will yield the best outcome, even when I cannot see how
Willingness to change plans or ideas without getting upset
Clearing the record of those who have wronged me and not holding a grudge
Carefully managing my resources so I can freely give to those in need
Showing consideration and personal concern for others
Letting others know by my words and actions how they have benefited my life
Respecting others because of their worth as human beings
Cheerfully sharing food, shelter, and friendship with others
Acknowledging that achievement results from the investment of others in my life
Recognizing and doing what needs to be done before I am asked to do it
Maintaining a good attitude, even when faced with unpleasant conditions
Taking personal responsibility to uphold what is pure, right, and true
Using difficult times to demonstrate my commitment to those I serve
Yielding my personal rights and expectations with a desire to serve
Quickly and cheerfully carrying out the direction of those who are responsible for me
Arranging myself and my surroundings to achieve greater efficiency
Accepting a difficult situation without giving a deadline to remove it
Guiding vital truths around another’s mental roadblocks
Showing esteem for others by doing the right thing at the right time
Making wise use of what others might overlook or discard
Knowing and doing what is expected of me
Structuring my life around that which cannot be destroyed or taken away
Rejecting wrong desires and doing what is right
Using my senses to perceive the true attitudes and emotions of others
Eagerly doing what is right with transparent motives
Knowing what factors will diminish the effectiveness of my work or words, if neglected
Allowing myself and others to spend only what is necessary
Accepting others at different levels of maturity
Earning future trust by accurately reporting past facts
The moral excellence evident in my life as I consistently do what is right
Making practical applications of truth in daily decisions
Introduce each character quality by asking questions so that participants can discover the meaning and applications for themselves. Try these at your next staff meeting or leadership class:
- What do you think of when you hear this character trait?
- What are some related words or synonyms? What’s the opposite?
- What are some key words you see in the definition?
- Why do you think this character trait is important for your job? Your family? Your life?
- Who is a good example of this character quality? What did this person do? What were the benefits?
- What can you do this week to practice this trait?