A significant problem in today’s society is that people’s level of success is greater than their character can sustain.

We see it every day in professional sports, entertainment, business and politics. People lack the personal character to gracefully handle their success, power, influence and wealth. It’s a character chasm.

Cavett Robert, founder of the National Speakers Association, once asked a college professor for the definition of “character.” Here’s what he said, “It is the will to carry out your resolve long after the mood in which you made it has left you.” Most people let their moods manage their behavior. And most people don’t realize their full potential. Rise above your moods; don’t let emotion drive your choices.

The most important decision in life is to decide what is most important. So, decide what is most important to you, and then go after it even when you don’t feel like it.

These words from Frank Outlaw can help us focus on what ultimately matters … our character.

Watch your thoughts;
they become your words.

Watch your words;
they become your actions.

Watch your actions;
they become your habits.

Watch your habits;
they become your character.

Watch your character;
It becomes your destiny.

Find more insights and inspiration in The Nature of Excellence.