Wednesday, March 5, 2014

3 Character Shaping Forces by MICHAEL HYATT

In one of his blog posts, author Michael Hyatt argues that our character is shaped by three forces. And if we want to develop our character, we need to give attention to each of them. I have found these three character forces to indeed be incredibly shaping in my own life and the lives of those I am seeking to influence as a leader:

The Input We Consume...the raw material out of which our character is formed.

The Relationships We author argues that “you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” And we have to dissociate from people who reinforce our worst traits.

The Habits We Acquire...the consistent ways we think, speak, and act in different situations. They are largely unconscious, which is what gives them their power—both positively and negatively.

Hyatt argues that nothing is more important to our effectiveness as leaders and followers of Jesus than the cultivation of our own character. Because ultimately we will replicate who we truly are as displayed in our character—for good or for bad. These three areas require us to make all kinds of choices every single day...choices I know will affect me but still remain challenging to manage and set an example in for my kids and college students and employees!