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By |2020-03-30T10:26:58-05:00March 12, 2017|

Thoroughness Thoroughness is “taking care of details and doing my best”. Thoroughness is a quality that deals with details as well as the big picture. A thorough person sees a project through to the end leaving no detail incomplete; while also keeping in mind the  overall purpose and timing of the project. I Will: [...]


By |2020-03-30T10:26:47-05:00March 12, 2017|

Sensitivity Sensitivity is “carefully using my senses so I can better respond to the people and situations in my life” Sensitivity comes from the Latin word sentio, meaning “to sense; to perceive,” as in a sense of touch. In the human body, the five senses are used to help us stay aware of our surroundings; [...]


By |2020-03-30T10:24:06-05:00March 7, 2017|

Creativity Creativity is “thinking about a situation, a task, or an idea in a new way”. Creativity means finding a new or different way to view a situation or accomplish a task. Often a new idea combines different parts of already existing ideas into something new. For example, a baking recipe may have a [...]

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By |2017-02-24T14:38:19-06:00February 24, 2017|

Shop with Confidence You can shop at Strata Leadership & Character First (strataleadership.com, characterfirsteducation.com & characterlibraries.com) with confidence. We have partnered with Authorize.Net, a leading payment gateway since 1996, to accept credit cards and electronic check payments safely and securely for our customers. The Authorize.Net Payment Gateway manages the complex routing of sensitive customer [...]

The Sacrifice of Commitment

By |2019-02-26T10:58:03-06:00February 22, 2017|

My first sales job was selling Student Handbooks door to door with the Southwestern Company during my summer break between my freshman and sophomore year at Oklahoma State University. When I accepted the job, I didn’t quite understand the sacrifice it would take, or the pride of accomplishment that would be earned that summer. [...]

Dependability at Home

By |2019-02-26T10:58:03-06:00February 22, 2017|

There is so much meaning behind the word dependability and our definition, “Fulfilling what I consented to do, even if it means unexpected sacrifice.” I see this in four major areas of everyday life: Individual Spousal Parental Community Being Dependable as an Individual As an individual we are obligated to self-improve. If we don’t, [...]


By |2020-03-30T10:24:28-05:00January 7, 2017|

Discretion Discretion is “recognizing and avoiding words, actions, and attitudes that could have undesirable consequences” Sometimes the wisest course of action is to say nothing at all and remove yourself from a situation—or—just to be patient and wait for the right moment. When we apply discretion to our lives, we are able to “separate” [...]


By |2020-03-30T10:24:45-05:00April 13, 2015|

Forgiveness Forgiveness is “letting go of bitterness and revenge.” Forgiveness is not a feeling, and it does not take away or excuse what others have done. Real forgiveness is recognizing the problem and all the pain and hurt that comes with it—and then choosing to let go of any bitterness, anger, and desire for [...]


By |2020-03-30T10:24:00-05:00February 10, 2015|

Courage Courage is “overcoming fear so I can do what is right.” Courage begins by knowing what is good, true, and right. This gives you confidence that you are heading in the right direction. Another way to build courage is to think through what you should do in specific situations. For example, what should [...]


By |2020-03-30T10:25:28-05:00July 2, 2014|

Orderliness Orderliness is “keeping things clean and neat.” Orderliness is not a natural tendency or event. Even the second law of thermodynamics states that without intervention, all things move toward greater entropy and disorder. You can see this every day as your desk, purse, book bag, bedroom, closet, and vehicle become less organized and [...]