To respect someone is to value that person’s ideas, feelings, space, or privacy. We show respect by listening to people and trying to follow their wishes when it comes to their feelings and body. It is important to respect others but it is also very important to respect yourself by staying in control of yourself and telling people when they are making you uncomfortable.
"Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners"
- Laurence Sterne (1713 - 1768)
Excellence is "being all that you can be" within the bounds of doing what is right. In order to reach excellence, you must first be a person of good character. Character is heavily influenced by the environment in which a person is raised and the people after whom that person moulds themselves.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
There are scientific studies that suggest there are physical benefits to practicing compassion. But there are other benefits as well, and these are emotional and spiritual. The main benefit is that it helps you to be happier, and brings others around you to be happier. If we agree that it is a common aim of each of us to strive to be happy, then compassion is one of the main tools for achieving that happiness. It is therefore of utmost importance that we cultivate compassion in our lives and practice compassion every day.
"There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up."
- John Holmes
“The Lord is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love."
- Psalm 145:8 (NLT)
A person with integrity is the same on the inside as he or she claims to be on the outside. A person of integrity can be trusted. To live with integrity is to literally integrate what you think and know; to believe with what you say, and to integrate what you say with what you do. It is a state of consistently weaving and reweaving your understanding of yourself as you grow and learn and experience more of yourself and the world around you.
"I know, my God, that you examine our hearts and rejoice when you find integrity there."
- 1 Chronicles 29:17a
A positive sense of hope for the future is vitally important to every area of life. You can’t advance in any area without hope. You can’t establish fulfilling relationships without hope. You can't discover your purpose in life without hope. You’ll never reach your full potential without hope.
To the Christian, hope is the knowledge that we are being changed for the better as we trust in God's promises (Romans 8:28). It is the conviction that no matter the circumstances, God's plans for our lives are "for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope" (Jeremiah 29:11b NLT).