Introduction to Character Boosters

 

 Learn the relationship between character traits and emotional intelligence (EQ), and why character traits and success habits have such a large impact on school and life success.  See how character traits can be developed in a systematic way throughout the year.  Find out how easy it is to make character-building a habit, and how meaningful family and school traditions can develop positive character traits while increasing quality of life. Learn to use the power of character-boosting vocabulary, affirmations, quotations, poems, stories, metaphors, everyday activities, and games to develop 52 key character traits.

 

The Success Equation

IQ (25%) x Achievement Motivation & Time Management (25%) x Character Traits (25%) x Learning Strategies & Encouragement (25%) = SUCCESS in School, Work, and Life

 

Basic Ideas:

q       Families have the best opportunity to boost character traits and promote positive success habits.

q       Character traits, and effective ways to develop them, apply equally to children and adults.

q       Parents can effectively teach their children anything they (1) become aware is important, (2) understand,  (3) can model in their own lives and (4) communicate to their children.

q       Developing character traits gives parents and children more in common to talk about and share.  Today, the average parent spends only twelve and a half minutes a day communicating with his or her child.  Families can increase the quality of their interactions by participating together in learning about and developing character traits important to happiness and success.

q       Extended families, friends, and volunteers can participate and make important contributions.

q       The easiest and most powerful way to develop character traits is to make the process regular and part of everyday life.

q       The processes involved in developing character traits also increase quality of life.  Life is composed not so much of material things, but of meanings, awareness, and relationships.  The world we live in can be made ever more beautiful and meaningful by the regular infusion of positive character traits.

q       It is important to our country.  You have but to pick up any newspaper or magazine, or watch television, to be reminded how important.

Particularly Important Parent Actions:

q       Model What You Want Your Children to Do

q       Know What You Need to Teach.  Understand Clearly Each Important Character Trait

q       Make it a Habit to Purposely Develop Each Character Trait

q       Identify and Correct or Support any Weak Areas (thought viruses)

q       Set up a Teaching/Learning Wall or Bulletin Board

q       Schedule Weekly Family Activity Times

 

The Meaning of Character

Letters of the alphabet are also known as characters.  Character originally meant a distinguishing mark.  As letters of the alphabet and other marks that stood for things were invented, they were referred to as characters.  But the word character can also refer to qualities within us: our character.  As we develop each desired character trait, such as honesty and courage, we are developing our character.  Just as letters of the alphabet when combined become the basis of a beautiful and powerful language, so each character trait combines with others to produce a beautiful and powerful person.

 
Build a Powerful and Meaningful Family Support System

It is exciting to develop a family support system that can make a positive difference for generations.  Make it a challenge and a habit to establish a major characteristic (distinguishing mark) in your family to support each other's efforts to grow, develop, and live fulfilling lives.  First, take time to explore how many ideas or ways everyone in your family can list of how to support each other.  Write the ideas on large paper that can be left on the kitchen wall or bulletin board.  You might want to do this over a week's time, with daily discussions as to new ways that could be added.  When satisfied with your  list, have each person choose several of the most important ways he or she would like to be supported.  Each person's list should be written on a sheet of paper with his or her  name on top and displayed so it can be referred to and reviewed during the next several weeks.  Challenge each person to make those ways into lasting habits.

 

Boost Quality of Life and Build a Life of Beauty

 

Life is composed not so much of material things, but of meanings and relationships.  Sometimes, this is referred to as culture.  The world you and your family live in and grow in can be made more beautiful and meaningful by the regular infusion of positive character traits.  According to Plato,

You know that the beginning is the most important part of any work, especially in the case of a young and tender thing; for that is the time at which the character is being formed and the desired impression is more readily taken ....  Shall we just carelessly allow children to hear any casual tales which may be devised by casual persons, and to receive into their minds ideas for the most part the very opposite of those which we should wish them to have when they are grown up?  We cannot ....  Anything received into the mind at that age is likely to become indelible and unalterable: and therefore it is most important that the tales which the young first hear should be models of virtuous thoughts ....  Then will our youth dwell in a land of health, amid fair sights and sounds, and receive the good in everything; and beauty, the effluence of fair works, shall flow into the eye and ear, like a health-giving breeze from a purer region, and insensibly draw the soul from the earliest years into likeness and sympathy with the beauty of reason.  There can be no nobler training than that.

To the extent you have beauty within you, to that same degree you are able to see it wherever you go.  You have probably heard the story of newcomers who asked a farmer to what kind of town they were arriving.  The farmer first asked from what kind of town the newcomers came.  Whatever their answer, he replied they would probably find this town to be much the same.

 
Increase Communication and Closeness

Developing character traits gives you more in common to talk about and share.  Did you know the average parent spends only twelve and a half minutes a day communicating with his or her child?  Increase the quality of life in your home by participating together in the development of a more beautiful world through the inclusion of character traits.

 
Build Success Power

Much of a personís  success in achieving important goals in life is directly connected to character traits.  It is at least equal in power to ability, and it magnifies whatever ability a person has.  Whether we are talking about academic success in school, occupational success out of school, or success in life in any area, character traits play a major role.

 
Character Development is a Key Purpose of Earth Life

A key purpose here on earth is to attain virtue by virtue the principles important for Heavenly Fatherís children to learn.  The conditions we find here on the earth are ideal to learn those virtues.  As Helen Keller put it, Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived in order to be understood.

 
Parents and Families are Effective in Teaching Anything They Understand and Value

Make it a personal and family commitment and habit to:

         Develop one new character trait each week

         Post each weekís power picture as a reminder

         Continue developing previous character traits

         Help and encourage each otherís efforts

         Celebrate each otherís victories

         Make the activities meaningful and fun

         Take time to appreciate one another