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Six Keys to Growing Our Character

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By:Beth Flynn, Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

“Growing your character is about having the courage to expand your personal comfort zone within yourself. Staying in our comfort zone where we feel safe, secure, and in control can in fact be the deception of living in self-limiting fear and ego-driven pride. In nearly every aspect of life it takes character for you to be your best self.

Interestingly, when we achieve more in life, it presents us with the opportunity to grow or stay at the edge of our comfort zone. For example, you do well at work and you get a promotion opportunity. Immediately you can experience fear of failure, fear of what others may think of you, questioning whether you can do the job, even feeling you will have to use a fake-it-until-I-make-it strategy. Like it or not, growing character takes courage to face our fears and not mask them with ego-driven pride or hide from them. Developing ourselves means seeing this as the courageous zone – to learn and grow.

1.    Be courageous with myself

2.    Be courageous in new activities

3.    Be courageous with others

4.    Practice forgiveness

5.    Practice gratitude

6.    Practice meditation or prayer (p. 125-132).”

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Tue, 11/17/2020 - 6:06am -- Beth Flynn

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