Prudence and Forgiveness.

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In this blog we are looking at the Character Strengths of Prudence And Forgiveness.


“Prudence involves far-sighted planning as well as short-term, goal-directed planning. It is often referred to as cautious wisdom, practical wisdom, and practical reason.” The VIA Institute [1]

People high in Prudence have the ability to plan ahead and to plan well. They can plan diets, training and lifestyle changes in detail and over long periods of time. Research into what works and what does not will be a key aspect of this character strength, as will the ability to see the hurdles coming. Tap into your natural ability to think before you act, with these top health tips for those strong in Prudence.

  • Create SMART goals. Plan where you want to go and how you are going to get there and what you are going to do when things go wrong.
  • Take time to study your plan and make sure its right.
  • Talk to those that know more. Seek advice.
  • Shop ahead of time.
  • Meal prep for the week.
  • Look for periodised training plans.
  • Pick classes that you can easily make it to.
  • Join Gyms that are open when you need them to be and are reachable when you can go.

Prudence in Action.



“It is important to distinguish forgiveness from:

  • condoning (removes the offence)
  • forgetting (removes the awareness)
  • reconciliation (restores the relationship)

​Instead forgiveness is a strength that we employ to protect ourselves from the feeling of hatred. It is a specialized form of mercy; a general concept of feeling kindness and compassion towards others.” The VIA Institute[2]

The Strength of Forgiveness is the strength to get up and go again. When harnessed it is fire that will get you up out of your bed after failure. It can give you the knowledge of where you went wrong in the past and the wisdom and temperance to move on with the determination to get it right next time round. If you are strong in Forgiveness then try these health and well-being tips.

  • Practice Yoga. Yes you might fall over but you will get better with practice.
  • Average your weekly daily calories rather than always sticking to a rigid daily format.
  • If you failed at a lift, that’s okay, let it go and learn from it.
  • If the Diet you are on is not working, move on to another.
  • Test yourself by learning the more complicated compound lifts like the Barbell Snatch, Cleans, cleans and jerks, squats and Dead-lifts
  • Join a local Cross-fit club.

Forgiveness in Action