5 Character Traits Worth Improving
Society has a list of of superficial qualities, or “traits”, that we try to live up too - beauty, fortune, and fame making the list. Whether or not you are still trying to achieve these things (the race never ends, by the way), we can’t deny that traits are important. Who do you want to be known as? Do the superficial qualities mean more to you than the traits of your character? Does success happen to land higher on your list than kindness?
Here are five character traits I would not only like to better in myself, but see bettered in many.
In this day and age, it’s so easy to become distracted. Social media and television are just a couple of examples that pull us in. In 2015, the number of children with ADHD in the US alone reached 6 million. Attentiveness is not easily learned, and I doubt it is natural to many. It takes actively avoiding distraction, and having the mindset to complete your thought or task.
Underachievement is prevalent in school and workplaces. Sliding through by delivering the bare minimum is “normal”. But what’s great about being normal? Are influential people normal? Bill Gates dropped out of college and was once arrested. Jesus spent time with the infectiously diseased. I’m not saying you need to go to jail or contract a disease to be creative; my point is - fighting the norm leads to creativity which can lead to greatness! I used to be an underachiever, then realised how much value I could add to the world. You can too! The possibilities to grow creatively are endless.
This trait might not be necessary in all aspects of life, but it applies to business and achieving goals. We all hold different “truths” and, naturally, want others to value what we value. A person may see an issue, for example - a concert they’ve attended was “bad”. The band was great, but the audio equipment was failing and the lighting wasn’t right. Say this person decides to start an audio/visual business to better the venue and the community that the venue is in. They start said business, and have to persuade the owner of the venue to buy their product. If persuasion isn’t a part of our process in business and goal setting, how can we truly get something accomplished?
Mean what you say, and say what you mean. Do what you know is right. I’m sure I’m not alone when it comes to word vomit - something said that you wish you could take back… but of course it’s too late. It’s already been said; it’s already been done. Feeling confident in your actions can not only make you happier, but inspire you to do more than you ever thought possible.
Determination. Steadfastness. Call it what you want, but this trait is admirable no matter how you word it. Think of somebody you admire - they most likely bear this trait. You can’t achieve anything by quitting. Having the grit to persevere will not only help you achieve your goals, but provide you with staying power to wade through the swamps of life.
There are many other traits you could add to my list of five that are worth improving in. I’m making a commitment to myself to take these five traits seriously, and explore various ways of improving in each. What are you doing to better yourself?