In this week’s coaching call, Brian Troop talks about reinforcing good character to benefit our personal and business lives.
Having character means holding yourself responsible to a higher standard than everyone expects of you. Be a hard master to yourself, and lenient to everyone else.
Your innermost character is the sum total of all decisions you’ve made in life to date. You respond to life from the highest skillset you have developed to handle a situation. Pay attention as you react and respond to circumstances in your business and personal life. These moments are like a mirror reflecting back to you where you can refine your character.
In our industry, our relationships with clients and fellow associates are crucial to our success. Without trust and honor, we fail in our business. Our success is directly connected to how others perceive our character. Act as though a thousand people are watching, and you will cultivate a network of relationships with people you enjoy working with, and who enjoy working with you.
To have integrity is to live in complete truth with yourself and others. When we avoid being truthful to ourselves or to other people, we are hiding some part of our character we aren’t proud of. Have the courage to look at that and take steps toward removing that aspect of character that doesn’t serve you.
Character can only be developed in the give and take of daily life when forced to choose one way or another. Think long term, and making short term decisions that come from your integrity will be easier.
As you become a person of honor, doors open to you.
Thought for the Day: “We become what we think about.” – Earl Nightingale