My Character List

A Better You Blog, Character List

Years ago, I was working with a wayward teen. In one of our sessions, we discussed character. Since he didn’t know what character was, this sparked a good discussion about personal standards someone tries to uphold. It got me to specifically think about what my own core values were – the things I try to live by. I thought it would be a good idea to give it some real thought and I decided to type them out on a Word document.

Over time, I would continue to add to the list. I broke it down into personal and professional categories. Since that first day, I keep this list in mind as something I always try to aspire to. For example, some of the 53 current items on my list include:

  • Never be spiteful.
  • Make all of the appointments I schedule/be dependable.
  • Always be at least 15 minutes early.
  • Value people’s time.
  • Smile often.
  • Always give my best.
  • Be prepared.
  • Never do drugs.
  • Do random acts of kindness often.

In sessions, when people aren’t sure who they are or what they want to become, I explain my character list and how helpful it’s been to me. People are intrigued. I make similar suggestions for them to consider character lists for what they stand for at work, at school, in relationships, and at home. Everybody I have spoken to has thought it was a really good idea when they weren’t sure of their own values to proudly live by. I highly recommend developing an actual list of the core characteristics you hold, will not waiver on, and expect others to uphold as well.

Tip: Don’t expect others to live to higher standards than you are demonstrating yourself.

Give some thought to who you are. It will undoubtedly help you evolve to be better.