Sunday, November 23, 2008

Character Counts

Here's my Sunday prayer from Josh Hinds

Josh Hinds
Motivational Speaker, Trainer, and Coach

"That's just the way I am."

When we hear this, someone is usually telling us, "Get off my back" or "Accept me as I am." Often it's a response to criticism.

Actually, this is a ploy to get us to lower our expectations based on the dubious idea that certain bad habits are an intrinsic part of character and therefore beyond our control. We're expected to believe it's foolish and futile to expect a person to change.

Character can be influenced by heredity and environment, but it's determined by choice. It's constantly shaped and sculpted by the choices we make to nurture or ignore our more noble instincts and to surrender to or overcome negative impulses and corrupting temptations.

When it comes to what we demand of ourselves or others, we should never lower our standards. Character is a function of choice. Weaknesses and bad habits are not excuses not to get better.

From Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.

Michael Josephson

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