We all have free will to cultivate personal characteristic we desire. One of the important ones I have regarded as a necessity to develop is courage. Mary – Anne Radmacher once wrote that “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.”
It is a very useful exercise to make a list in a journal consisting of two columns. Give them two headings. The one is for five negative characteristics you think you have such as a tendency to give up easily or excessive stubbornness which prevents you from making positive changes in your life.
The heading of the other column is your positive characteristics like tenacity, kindness or the ability to forgive others. If you do not know what to enter under the two headings, it could be helpful to ask a few people you know, trust and respect to assist you with this. A key question is to ask after completion is to ask yourself the following questions:
How have my negatives affected my life? Write down examples.
How have my positives assisted me on my journey through life?
What are practical steps I can take to improve the negative and utilize the positives better?
Remember, you can create your own life story and it is entirely up to you how you do this.