Bringing Out the Best in One’s Personality : Part II

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The English word character is derived from the Greek word ‘charakter’, meaning to engrave or make an impression. From a scientific standpoint, one’s personality and physical constitution may be determined by genetic factors to some extent. But that knowledge alone isn’t going to change anything. What matters is what we do to improve ourselves on a practical basis.

Anyone who has ever made a resolution discovers that the strength of their determination fades with time. The moment you feel that happening is when you should make a fresh determination. In other words, don’t give up when you feel discouraged, just pick yourself up and renew your determination each time. The important thing is not that your resolve never waver, but that you don’t get down on yourself when it does and throw in the towel. The fact that you realize you’ve become lazy is evidence that you are growing.

Many young people worry about what others think of them. Although they tell themselves that no one is paying them any attention they feel intimidated. They have no confidence in themselves and think that others are talking about them behind their back.

The important thing is to take that first step. if you bravely overcome one small fear, It will give you the courage to take on the next one. Make goals. And whether they are big or small, work towards realizing them. At the same time, you must be serious and dedicated to your goals; you’ll get nowhere if you just treat them like a joke. An earnest, dedicated spirit shines like a diamond and it moves people’s heart. That is because a brilliant flame burns within. If we are sincere, people will understand our intentions, and our positive qualities will radiate. It is pointless to be caught up in outward appearances.

It’s much more valuable to look for the strengths in others – you can gain nothing by criticizing people’s imperfections. One should aim to develop a bigger heart for the happiness of one’s own friends. Gradually, it cultivates tolerance and broad-mindedness.

It’s all about taking action, taking that first step. If your aim is to swim across a vast ocean, it would do you no good to get cold feet standing on the shore before you even take the plunge; rather, you’ve got to make a move, keeping your sights set on your goal in the distance. Hindsight can be valuable towards one’s growth, but setting oneself up for a failure before even trying is self-defeating. Running away from things you find unpleasant is what causes suffering. But, if you face and challenge such situations, they will enrich your life.

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