2023 Author: Katelyn Chandter | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 13:08
It's time to reinforce the different sides of character that make a person successful and disruptive. How do you start developing a strong character that will pave the way for success and your dreams?
A “strong personality” can be described in a variety of ways. Some of the most common characteristics of such a personality include honesty, loyalty, and a good knowledge of work etiquette. To strengthen the various aspects of your character, you can use fairly general recommendations. First of all, you need to work on developing the best character traits in yourself, which will allow you to form your best self in yourself. It also helps to learn how to empathize with other people and show appreciation. Eventually, you can begin to develop a strong character by performing leadership functions and overcoming the difficulties that arise in front of you.
1. Work on the best qualities of your personality
1.1 Become more honest. Honesty is a key component of a person's character. Show others that you are an honest person and do not let your words diverge from your deeds. For example, if you tell your partner that you will be more helpful at work, show that you are serious. You can start to regularly take an interest in the progress of a large project that he is working on, or suggest that you take on the responsibility of organizing meals for him in the workplace during particularly busy periods of work.
You can also become more honest through more sincere behavior. Don't feel obligated to always behave in a particular way. Your reactions should be natural.
For example, you might say to your partner, “I'm sorry that I didn't give you enough support before. I think this is all because I miss you when you are at work."
1.2 Use introspection. Introspection allows you to know yourself on a deeper level. Once you achieve self-awareness, you will understand your thoughts and your own reactions. A better understanding of who you really are can help you develop your own character. Take some time to introspect each day. At the same time, you can ask yourself questions of the following type: “Why did I react in such a way to what Sveta said? How can I correct my own reaction next time in case of a conflict?"
Meditation is also great for raising self-awareness. You can learn to meditate by using special downloadable apps for your phone, attending classes, or reading meditation books. You can even just try to sit quietly and see where your thoughts wander!
1.3 Build composure. You can develop self-control by making small changes in your daily life. For example, you can work on controlling impulsive cravings for snacking. When you are tempted to chew late at night, stop and ask yourself if you are really hungry. Then, instead of having a snack, drink a large glass of water. You have the ability to consciously approach the issue of controlling your impulse impulses.
It's a good idea to get into the habit of making your bed every day. This will help you develop the discipline that comes in handy in other life situations.
1.4 Try to live by honor. Living with honor means being honest with your inner self. If your actions do not correspond to your beliefs, then unresolved conflict will always boil inside you. Remember and respect your personal values and principles in your daily life. Make decisions based on these principles and be adamant about pressure from others.
Engage in activities that align with your values.
Consider how your decisions are in line with your beliefs.
Change habits that run counter to your beliefs.
1.5 Take responsibility for your own mistakes and correct them. Everyone makes mistakes, but how you react to these situations shows your character. Be honest if you've done something wrong and try to take steps to remedy the situation. Depending on your specific circumstances, you may need to apologize. Otherwise, you will need to change your own behavior or fix what you have done.
Talk to the person affected by your actions to make a specific decision.
Weigh the possible remedies.
If you made a mistake or hurt someone, admit the mistake and correct it. For example, you might say, “I'm sorry I borrowed your idea. I'm going to tell everyone that you were her original source."
1.6 Learn to take risks wisely. There are many reasons a person may take risks, including the desire to become more confident and find new ways to achieve success. The risk can be considered deliberate only when you have weighed all the possible positive and negative consequences of your action. You should not commit rash acts.
For example, you dream of creating your own photography studio. It would probably be unwise to suddenly quit your job and become dependent on your newly established venture. A more deliberate strategy is to start small gradually. Try to work as a photographer on weekends. As your endeavor develops, you can already more seriously think about how to devote all your time to your favorite business.
1.7 Be patient. It is common for all people to lose patience at times. You may have even had to bite your tongue sometimes when a coworker couldn’t grasp something right away. Developing patience will take some effort on your part. Start by trying to assess the situation through the eyes of another person. Try to think as follows: “Oh, maybe Masha does not understand what I am explaining to her, because she does not have a technical education like me. I need to use less professional jargon in my explanations."
You can also ask the person additional questions and listen carefully to the answers to them. Start like this: “Masha, I will be happy to help you figure it out. What exactly do you not understand? " Then listen to what Masha has to say in response and try to find a new approach.
1.8 Ask someone you trust to describe you. Sometimes it is difficult to objectively assess yourself. If you're serious about getting better, try asking someone to describe you. This person must at the same time be honest and capable of constructive criticism.
Your best friend can be a good candidate. Refer to him: “Sergei, I am seriously striving to become a stronger person. Could you help me and name some of the strengths and weaknesses of my character?"
Please accept the feedback you receive with gratitude and try to take action to make some of the recommended changes.
2. Ability to empathize and express appreciation
2.1 Learn to put yourself in the shoes of others. Learning to empathize can help you understand other people better. You can strengthen your character by finding mutual understanding with people and helping them. Try to imagine what the other person is going through. For example, a friend of yours may have recently lost a brother. Think about how he might feel and how you would feel in his place. Try to think of ways you can relieve your friend's condition.
You can even go further and try to experience exactly what the other person was facing. For example, your partner might get upset about having to do all of the cooking herself. Try taking on cooking responsibilities for the week so that you realize what is bothering her so much.
2.2 Fight prejudice in yourself and others. Everyone has certain conjectures and even prejudices in relation to other people. They can be both conscious and unconscious. For example, you might consider people who only graduated from high school and did not receive a professional education as uneducated. Try to set your mindset in a more open way and become more tolerant of other people.
Pay attention to your biases. If you catch yourself making conjectures, note this to yourself. Being aware of possible bias is the first step in dealing with it.
When these thoughts overwhelm you again, take action to change your way of thinking. Instead of thinking that “such a person cannot be smart,” think, “Wow, despite the lack of professional education, he did a great job. It's impressive.”
2.3 Practice gratitude. Gratitude is considered to be part of strong character, as it demonstrates your awareness of the contributions of others and the environment to the cause. You can develop a grateful attitude by deliberately incorporating it into your daily life. For example, you might list three things at the end of the day every day that you are grateful for.
You can also keep a diary in which you write down all the things for which you are grateful. There you can make appropriate notes throughout the day, or simply set aside 10 minutes in the evenings for this.
You can write in your diary: “Today I had the opportunity to volunteer at an animal shelter. I am grateful that I was able to do something constructive this Saturday morning.”
2.4 Remember to express gratitude to other people. A grateful attitude towards life also has an outer side. Remember to say “thank you” every time someone does something for you. In the same way, you can show your gratitude for those things that do not directly concern you.
For example, you might say to a colleague, “Thank you for bringing a new client. Business growth benefits all of us.”
The gratitude may be more specific. Try saying, “I really appreciate that you fed me chicken broth when I was sick. You are so caring."
3. Performing leadership functions
3.1 Learn to speak loudly and clearly if you are shy. You can build character by taking on more responsibility. This will expand your own knowledge base and horizons. Start by assessing how you communicate with other people. If you are usually afraid to speak up, make an effort and learn to speak clearly so that your voice can be heard.
Perhaps you are an extra choir student and have a good taste in music. If you are firmly convinced that certain music should be used at an upcoming event, make it clear and make your explanations clear.
At work, attend more meetings. People will be more receptive if you communicate your ideas clearly and confidently.
3.2 Let others speak up first if you are usually talkative. Show your leadership skills by showing restraint. If you are usually very talkative, try letting other people be heard. Then you will have a chance to think and give a thoughtful answer.
If you're usually the one who makes plans for the weekend, ask your partner if they have any ideas of their own to do.
Of course, it is great to take an active part in the group discussions in class. But you will also learn something if you just listen to others.
3.3 Be open to learning new things. Openness allows you to gain new knowledge and broaden your horizons. Every time you learn something new, you build up your own knowledge base and become a stronger person. At the same time, do not just be open to new knowledge, but yourself look for ways to obtain it.
This also applies at work. Tell your boss, “I would like to better understand the accounting side of reflecting our business. May I attend the meeting this afternoon?”
3.4 Set achievable goals and move towards them. Setting clear goals can help define your priorities. You will become a stronger person as you work to bring your goals to life. Pick something for yourself that you want to work on and focus on that. This applies to both personal life and work and study.
For example, let's say you set yourself a goal to learn Spanish. Identify the best ways to achieve this goal and start working in this direction.
You can enroll in Spanish courses at a local college or take a special course of study online. You can also use special software for language learning.
Keep a record of what exactly you do. Don't forget to celebrate your successes.
Working towards clear goals will help you develop the discipline that is part of strong character.
3.5 Get help when you need it. Some people see seeking help as a sign of weakness. In fact, this is a demonstration of strength of character, since by this you show that you are able to identify and assess your needs. At the same time, your requests should always be specific and understandable.
Instead of telling your partner at length that you need help with the housework, try saying, "It would be nice if you periodically took on the laundry and walked the dog."
3.6 Emphasize the strengths of others. Moral support is a great way to cheer everyone up, including yourself. Good leaders know that support affects people better than aggressive posting. Be sure to communicate with the team of individuals entrusted to you and make them understand that the contribution of each of them is important to you.
Highlight people's strengths so they can grow by building on them. For example, you might say, “You have a real talent for preparing presentations! Would you like to speak on behalf of all of us?"
Focus on the success of the team as a whole, not your own success. Talk to management about your team using the pronoun “we”, not “me”.
3.7 Learn to overcome difficulties. Instead of turning away from the problem, find a way to overcome it. You need to objectively assess the situation and avoid emotional reactions. Then you can start looking for a solution and putting it into practice.
For example, let's say you lead a sports team where one of the key players decides to leave your club without warning. Instead of getting angry, focus on the situation. You will probably have to redistribute the functions of the rest of the players. Call a meeting, explain the situation, and ask who has possible ideas for next steps. After that, you can already distribute the roles of the players and continue to move on.
Identify specific traits of your character that need development.
Remember that your own understanding of the definition of "strong character" does not have to be the same as anyone else's.