Character & Integrity
When you are investing your time in someone or even yourself, do you examine their character or yours for the matter? How about integrity?
Most people ask me what is character and integrity? Well character is the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual and integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.
I believe when we intentionally invite like-minded and like-valued people to walk along side of us while we chase our dreams we have to a quick character and integrity check every so often in order for us to continue to grow.
We often have people in our lives that we believe will be there for a lifetime, only to find out that they were only meant to be there for a season. We usually come to this conclusion after we sit down and do a character and integrity check.
We also realize at times the people who were our biggest fans during the aspiration phase of our dreams are not our fans when we start chasing our dreams. It's not because they don't love us or care about us anymore, they just can't see us differently and have put a limitation on our growth. You see, God, put that dream inside of you, not them and that's why they can't see or understand your willingness to step out of your comfort zone. Paul Martinelli once said God made us to "be and do more". So go and chase your dreams without limitations. While you are pursuing them like your life depends on it, remember what Les Brown said "Align yourself with people that you can learn from, people who want more out of life, people who are stretching and searching and seeking some higher ground in life".
So, I challenge you to do a character and integrity check on the people in your circle and on yourself to be sure you are in an environment that allows you to take action to live out your dreams while you are adding value to others!