21 Ways to Cultivate Character and Integrity

21 Ways to Cultivate Character and Integrity

Each year, people resolve to make changes in their life with the hope that this year will be better than last year.  Although most of these goals are noble, few individuals stick with them long enough to realize the benefits, so they repeat the process year after year.

How to Make Resolutions That Stick

Simply thinking about losing weight, reducing debt, or improving your skills is not enough.  You must learn to set goals that are believable, achievable and realistic. Discover how to position yourself for success with these Goal Setting Tips That Work.

Resolve to Develop Character

I believe most resolutions fade away because they are not rooted deeply in a life purpose. The greatest goals we can set are those that focus on developing our character and integrity because, meaningful goals spring from this foundation. Here is a list focused on character and integrity for you to consider as you set, review, or rewrite your resolutions.

I resolve to do the following…

  1. Forgive everyone.
  2. Give more than I take.
  3. Write a weekly thank-you note.
  4. Respond with a soft answer.
  5. Encourage others.
  6. Conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  7. Keep my word.
  8. Examine my demands on others.
  9. Be thankful.
  10. Laugh.
  11. Defend the defenseless.
  12. Honor my body. It is the only one I have.
  13. Treasure the simplicity of everyday moments.
  14. Be inclusive.
  15. Listen more fully.
  16. Be content.
  17. Sing and dance daily.
  18. Practice daily random acts of kindness.
  19. Pray without ceasing.
  20. Spend more time improving my character than I do improving my appearance.
  21. Celebrate and communicate my love for others.

Although a resolve to achieve a healthy weight or manage personal resources is important, the foundation of a healthy life entails developing character and integrity.

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  1. Patrick Chun :

    Hi Deborah,

    I think this can form the basis of some of the Level 2 S&Gs.



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