The Seven Cs of Character by Michael Josephson

When it comes to working on our character it is never too late or too little. I don’t mean to imply you’re a bad person — “you don’t have to be sick to get better.” In fact, it’s a lot easier to make a good person better than a bad person good.

The struggle to be better takes place during our daily choices.

People of exceptional character stand out from the crowd because they develop the wisdom and strength to know and do the right thing in the face of pressures and temptations to do otherwise.

There are seven core qualities I call the Seven Cs of character: conscience, compassion, consideration, confidence, control, courage, and competence.

CONSCIENCE. Your conscience is your moral compass.  Take care of it. Use it. Trust it.

COMPASSION. Nurture, express and demonstrate compassion by caring about, giving to and helping whomever you can, whenever you can in all ways that you can.

CONSIDERATION. Be considerate.  Always be aware of how your words and actions affect others so you can do more good and less harm.

CONFIDENCE. Approach every opportunity and challenge with confidence that you are worthy enough and able enough to succeed. Never doubt your inner strength to overcome temptations, difficulties and misfortunes with honor and dignity.

COURAGE.  Protect who you are and what you believe with courage. Master your fears and preserve your integrity by doing what you know is right even if costs more than you  want to pay.

CONTROL. Control the emotions, urges and appetites that demean you, damage your name or diminish your future.

COMPETENCE. Continually build your competence, the knowledge, skill and ability to ethically and effectively solve problems.

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.

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  1. As the years move along now into my 7th decade, and the losses of life pile up; it seems the challenge of maintaining one’s courage and COMMITTMENT gets harder and harder. My faith plays a larger role, with love of family and friends growing it’s anchor as well; yet this idea of COURAGE has been very interesting. Intestinal fortitude while physical strength diminishes must come from the heart and soul; with the Lord’s gracious nourishment on a daily basis. Michael’s guiding lights, especially during his personally trying times prove to be invaluable and beautifully sustaining. A simple “Thank you Sir” hopefully can express my deep and enduring admiration and gratitude :):):) Miraculous GRACE — how can we ever fully understand? We probably were not intended to, hence the beauty of this amazing phenomena 🙂

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  2. Michael, thank you for reiterating the importance of developing and refining one’s character. Character really does count, and whenever people demonstrate a less than stellar character, their integrity is often discredited and lost. Words can be spoken and written, but character is shown through one’s actions. It is imperative that the actions of individuals match the words they speak, because somewhere in all of our deeds, “character” is in there. Good or bad. One of our lifelong goals should always be to behold an extraordinary character that is so well-preserved that we guard it with every fiber of our beings, and not allow it be tainted by negative actions and behaviors of others. When we rise above mediocrity that sometimes surrounds us, we will always stand tall and firmly, with our exceptional character intact.
    Again, thank you for reminding us of our moral compass.

    Dr. Rena B. Giles-Rice

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