monday quote

Forging Your Character by Jim Rohn

“Personal success is built on the foundation of character, and character is the result of hundreds and hundreds of choices you may make that gradually turn who you are at any given moment into who you want to be. If that decision-making process is not present, you’ll still be somebody—you’ll still be alive—but you may have a personality rather than a character, and to me that’s something very different.

Character isn’t something you were born with and can’t change, like your fingerprints. It’s something you must take responsibility for forming. You build character by how you respond to what happens in your life, whether it’s winning every game, losing every game, getting rich or dealing with hard times.

You build character from certain qualities that you must create and diligently nurture within yourself, just like you would plant and water a seed or gather wood to build a campfire. You’ve got to look for those things in your heart and in your gut. You’ve got to chisel away in order to find them, just like chiseling away rock to create the sculpture that previously existed only in the imagination.

But the really amazing thing about character is that, if you’re sincerely committed to making yourself into the person you want to be, you’ll not only create those qualities, you’ll strengthen them and re-create them in abundance, even as you’re drawing on them every day of your life. That’s why building your character is vital to becoming all you can be.”

Jim Rohn was known the world over as a motivational speaker. His books, tapes and videos are all tools I have used in the past. We lost Jim earlier this year but his message lives on. Be more than they expect you to be. Surprise yourself. Know you can do the impossible because once you have done it all it really had been was you standing in your own way. I have seen one legged woman and a woman who had a stroke so debilitating that she had to relearn how to walk and talk finish the Ironman. I have seen children 18 months old read a book out loud and understand it. I have seen someone chose to put drugs down and not pick them back up. Life moves forward one second at a time and never goes back. I have tried hard to get it to go back or at least stop for a little while, but time stops for no one. The good news is that because time moves forward, we get to learn and grow and expand our ideas. We get to share our experiences with others and relish the beautiful moments of clarity.

Today I challenge you to do something uncomfortable, and in doing it, grow. It may be something you have put off for a while, or something you needed to tell someone or maybe call to make an appointment for something. Yes, it may be a moment of being uncomfortable, but what lives on the other side of that is a stronger you.

Do it now.

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6 Responses to “monday quote”

  1. Perfectly put. Thanks for the motivation 🙂 Starting thesis writing today. Kinda did some yesterday, but really I don’t think it counts until I have a full page with complete sentences!! haha

  2. Yep. With a thesis, you need at least one sentence. Get crackalackin!

  3. six pages! 🙂

  4. my goal is 10 for today. yay! i’m awesome. haha

  5. We’ll make a writer out of you yet.

  6. 8… after working out. I’ll make my goal yet 🙂

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