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Begin with Character




When a person wants to make a big change for the better, there will be a few things present.

First, a resolve to make a defined and total change.

Second, a plan to accomplish the goal.

Third, a lack of character**.

Yes, I said it. We often don't have the most important thing to make a real change.

Ben Franklin observed this problem when he wrote, "What you seem to be, be really.” - Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1744

In other words, the very thing you want to become, be doing those things when no one else is looking. For this is the basis of character and character becomes the foundation for personal achievement. 

People who want to lose weight need to work on their character as much as their habits. People who want to want to save for retirement have to work on their character as much as their spending. 

In the end, we can be whatever we want to be if we will develop the strength of character.

My challenge is, "What you seem to be, be really.”

**Webster's dictionary defines character as moral excellence and firmness.




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