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August 13, 1997

Taking Action

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Success = Character + Competence

If character and competence both play a key role in our success, then it would be wise to take a few minutes to consider how to increase your effectiveness in each area.

Character—This is the “being” part of your life; this is who you are.

● Assess your character.

Name three of your character strengths:
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Name three of your character weaknesses
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● Build your character.

Name some ways you can strengthen your character.

Who do you think of as a character role model or potential mentor in your sphere of influence?

What would a character goal look like for you?

● Guard your character.

Work through the following action strategies designed to prevent a character failure, then write a brief application for your context:

● Be disciplined: Consistently do the right thing.
● Avoid temptation: Try to stay away from compromising circumstances.
● Seek accountability: Invite others to ask you tough questions.

A reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour.—Japanese Proverb

Competence—This is the “doing” part of your life.

● Assess your competence.

Name three skill areas of strength:
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Name three skill areas of weakness:
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● Build your competence

Take each of the three above-mentioned competency weaknesses and list one way to begin to build some skills in that area.

Weakness Competence developer
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● Improve your competence

How can you make your strength areas even stronger?

How can you capitalize on your skills to be even more successful?

We make our decisions and then our decisions turn around and make us.

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