Character Is

LArmstrongThe LIVESTRONG role model has recently come clean, so to speak. Cyclist Lance Armstrong confessed to doping in his seven wins of the Tour de France, yet never considered himself a cheater.

Despite unparalleled athletic triumphs and other worthy achievements, the disgraced cyclist admitted the great lie he sustained for years. “I know the truth, Armstrong said. “The truth isn’t what was out there. The truth isn’t what I said. I’m a flawed character, as I well know.”

Aren’t we all.

Yet character is what matters. Just ask any of Armstrong’s millions of disillusioned fans. Or the people who care about you the most.

Character is core. It is who I am on the inside. Even if no one is looking. Even if I ignore, deny, or try to disguise it.

Character is choice. I am who I choose to be—whether champion or chump. I determine my core by my choices of actions, inactions and reactions.

Character is change. A closed mind degrades the body and rots the soul. Self-improvement can correct flaws, redeem past mistakes, and create a better current and future me.

Character is capacity. Shallowness drowns in its own troubles, but wisdom brings maturity, depth and the ability to thrive despite circumstances.

Character is.