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The following character qualities are from the Character Training Institute (www.characterfirst.com).

Alertness vs. Carelessness

Being aware of what is taking place around me so I can have the right responses.

Attentiveness vs. Distraction

Showing the worth of a person or task by giving my undivided concentration.

Benevolence vs. Selfishness

Giving to others' basic needs without having as my motive personal reward.

Boldness vs. Fearfulness

Confidence that what I have to say or do is true, right, and just.

Cautiousness vs. Rashness

Knowing how important right timing is in accomplishing right actions.

Compassion vs. Indifference

Investing whatever is necessary to heal the hurts of others.

Contentment vs. Covetousness

Realizing that true happiness does not depend on material conditions.

Creativity vs. Underachievement

Approaching a need, a task, or an idea from a new perspective.

Decisiveness vs. Procrastination

The ability to recognize key factors and finalize difficult decisions.

Deference vs. Rudeness

Limiting my freedom so I do not offend the tastes of those around me.

Dependability vs. Inconsistency

Fulfilling what I consented to do, even if it means unexpected sacrifice.

Determination vs. Faintheartedness

Purposing to accomplish right goals at the right time, regardless of the opposition.

Diligence vs. Slothfulness

Investing my time and energy to complete each task assigned to me.

Discernment vs. Shortsightedness

Understanding the deeper reasons why things happen.

Discretion vs. Simplemindedness

Recognizing and avoiding words, actions, and attitudes that could bring undesirable consequences.

Endurance vs. Discouragement

The inward strength to withstand stress and do my best.

Enthusiasm vs. Apathy

Expressing joy in each task as I give it my best effort.

Faith vs. Presumption

Confidence that actions rooted in good character will yield the best outcome, even when I cannot see how.

Flexibility vs. Resistance

Willingness to change plans or ideas according to the direction of my authorities.

Forgiveness vs. Rejection

Clearing the record of those who have wronged me and not holding a grudge.

Generosity vs. Stinginess

Carefully managing my resources so I can freely give to those in need.

Gentleness vs. Harshness

Showing consideration and personal concern for others.

Gratefulness vs. Unthankfulness

Letting others know by my words and actions how they have benefited my life.

Honor vs. Disrespect

Respecting those in leadership because of the higher authorities they represent.

Hospitality vs. Loneliness

Cheerfully sharing food, shelter, or conversation to benefit others.

Humility vs. Pride

Acknowledging that achievement results from the investment of others in my life.

Initiative vs. Idleness

Recognizing and doing what needs to be done before I am asked to do it.

Joyfulness vs. Self-pity

Maintaining a good attitude, even when faced with unpleasant conditions.

Justice vs. Corruption

Taking personal responsibility to uphold what is pure, right, and true.

Loyalty vs. Unfaithfulness

Using difficult times to demonstrate my commitment to those I serve.

Meekness vs. Anger

Yielding my personal rights and expectations with a desire to serve.

Obedience vs. Willfulness

Quickly and cheerfully carrying out the direction of those who are responsible for me.

Orderliness vs. Confusion

Arranging myself and my surroundings to achieve greater efficiency.

Patience vs. Restlessness

Accepting a difficult situation without giving a deadline to remove it.

Persuasiveness vs. Contentiousness

Guiding vital truths around another's mental roadblocks.

Punctuality vs. Tardiness

Showing esteem for others by doing the right thing at the right time.

Resourcefulness vs. Wastefulness

Finding practical uses for that which others would overlook or discard.

Responsibility vs. Unrealiability

Knowing and doing what is expected of me.

Security vs. Anxiety

Structuring my life around that which cannot be destroyed or taken away.

Self-control vs. Self-indulgence

Rejecting wrong desires and doing what is right.

Sensitivity vs. Callousness

Perceiving the true attitudes and emotions of those around me.

Sincerity vs. Hypocrisy

Eagerness to do what is right with transparent motives.

Thoroughness vs. Incompleteness

Knowing what factors will diminish the effectiveness of my works or words if neglected.

Thriftiness vs. Extravagance

Allowing myself and others to spend only what is necessary.

Tolerance vs. Prejudice

Realizing that everyone is at varying levels of character development.

Truthfulness vs. Deception

Earning future trust by accurately reporting past facts.

Virtue vs. Impurity

The moral excellence evident in my life as I consistently do what is right.

Wisdom vs. Foolishness

Seeing and responding to life situations from a perspective that transcends my current circumstances.


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