Attributes of Noble Character by DrFrankLayman
Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Colossians
Good character consists of defined and imparted values that are mindfully adopted despite hardship, betrayal, or loss. They come from self-reflection and having the courage to live your life according to a set of principles to achieve a positive purpose.
So how do you begin to improve your character? Every great act is preceded by a positive thought and strong motivation. DFL
To change or to advance we need to want to, we need to objectively see in ourselves the need to advance. Let’s break the complexity of Character into component parts and work on those with a mindful intent to grow, develop, and improve.
The things that matter deserve defining and focusing on with the intent of improving. The power we have over our thoughts strongly relates to the power we exert over our lives. DFL
Let’s look at 21 good character traits that impact you and those in your realm of influence…
Integrity is having strong moral principles and conducting your life by them as a guide. When you have integrity, you are focused on the truth and your thoughts actions and reactions follow it.
Being straightforward, transparent, and trustworthy in all of your thoughts, interactions, and relationships. Being honest requires you be true to your authentic self.
Loyalty is faithfulness and devotion to your loved ones, your friends, and anyone with whom you have a trusted relationship.
Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind. Marcus Tullius Cicero
Courtesy, kindness, deference, dignity, and civility. You offer basic respect as a sign of your value for the worth of all people and your ability to accept the inherent flaws we all possess.
Be accountable for someone or something. Following through on commitments made.
6. Cognitive Maturity
Thoughtfulness of others and yourself. The ability to be empathetic and discern to have the wisdom needed to approach difficult circumstances working toward a positive and meaningful outcome for all.
Well meaning and kindly. Wanting and willing to act on the behalf to help aide or improve others’ lives.
Using wisdom, empathy, and integrity to make decisions and take actions that result in the best possible outcome for all.
You are able to be your true self, without façade, pretense , or insincerity. It is the power to be vulnerable in the presence of others especially critics. It is also powerful not to be counterfeit to who you are.
Mental strength and fortitude to carry on with in the face of hardship.
True grit. The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties, toughness or hardship. The ability to spring back.
Being not only polite to yourself and others but being truly invested in addressing yourself and others with deference.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. Paul
Positive in thought and action.
You can be consistently depended upon to follow through on your commitments, actions, and decisions. You do what you say you will do.
Earnestly providing the best effort under the time, resources, and conditions.
Not to a point of self destruction but as a concern more with the needs and wishes of others than with one’s own.
It is part of a good person to do great and noble deeds, though he risk everything. Plutarch
Having or showing good judgment, being wise. Being mindful in your growth to be long in attention and quick in assimilation. DFL
A calmness that faces every situation no matter how dire with faithfulness in self. A self efficacy that comes from growing, testing, and developing oneself and skills to be confident but not egotistic in one’s ability to achieve positive results and outcomes.
Choosing to be pleasant regardless of outside circumstances, which ultimately lifts the spirits of others. Also finding Joy and being faithful in times of trouble as well as triumph.
Not only means being part of the human race but it is humaneness; benevolence.
“he praised them for their standards of humanity, care, and dignity”
synonyms: compassion, brotherly love, fraternity, fellow feeling, philanthropy, humaneness, kindness, consideration, understanding, sympathy, tolerance.
Character traits are all the aspects of a person’s behavior and attitudes that make up that person’s personality. We will enrich our lives and those around us by mindfully developing them not because we gain from doing so but because there is virtue for virtue sake. Seeking a Noble Character is a pilgrimage for our Soul and it is a positive change that results in more positive changes.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. Helen Keller
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