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Character Qualities

Each month, the Character Council will highlight one of the qualities on these pages in greater detail. The listings as they appear here are intended to give you a brief look at each trait.

After we name and briefly define each character quality, we'll list "actions to practice." These actions will help you get in the spirit of the quality by providing you with several concrete methods for putting the quality definition into action. Next, we tell you the month and year the quality will be highlighted. Click here to see the chronological calendar.

Character Qualities 1-9

Alertness
Attentiveness
Availability
Benevolence
Boldness
Cautiousness
Compassion
Contentment
Creativity

 

Alertness
"Being aware of what is taking place around me so I can have the right responses."
Action Steps:

  • Keep my eyes and ears open
  • Recognize and heed warning signals
  • Choose to do right before I am tempted
  • Tell others of danger
  • Stay away from unsafe places

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Attentiveness
"Showing the worth of a person or task by giving my undivided concentration."
Action Steps:

  • Look at people when they speak to me
  • Ask questions if I don't understand
  • Sit or stand upright
  • Not draw attention to myself
  • Keep my eyes, ears, hands, feet and mouth from distractions

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Availability
"Making my own schedule and priorities secondary to the wishes of those I serve."
Action Steps:

  • Put others ahead of myself
  • Find a way to help, not a way to hide
  • Be ready when I'm called
  • Be glad for the chance to serve
  • Check with the right person before I make commitments

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Benevolence
"Giving to others' basic needs without having as my motive personal reward."
Action Steps:

  • See the needs of others as quickly as I see my own
  • Give freely without expecting anything in return
  • Not hoard things for myself
  • Not profit from the misfortunes of others
  • Give more as I get more

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Boldness
"Confidence that what I have to say or do is true, right and just."
Action Steps:

  • Not be afraid to speak the truth
  • Keep a clear conscience
  • Support others when they are right
  • Be willing to stand alone
  • Speak with humility

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Cautiousness
"Knowing how important right timing is in accomplishing right actions."
Action Steps:

  • Think before I act
  • Follow safety rules
  • Ask permission
  • Talk at the right time
  • Look out for danger

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Compassion
"Investing whatever is necessary to heal the hurts of others."
Action Steps:

  • Stop to help
  • Listen when others want to talk
  • Give of my resources to help those in need
  • Look for lasting solutions
  • Comfort others without regard to race, gender, faith, age, or nationality

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Contentment
"Realizing that true happiness does not depend on material conditions."
Action Steps:

  • Be thankful for what I do have
  • Not complain about what I don't have
  • Not always ask for "one more"
  • Value people above things
  • Want less and give more

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Creativity
"Approaching a need, a task, or an idea from a new perspective."
Action Steps:

  • Use my talents for good
  • See things from more than one perspective
  • Use principles to solve problems
  • Learn all I can
  • Look for new ways to be a person of character

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49 Character Qualities and definitions copyrighted by the Character Training Institute.
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