Thursday, July 21, 2011

RPG Attribute: Constitution

"You suck. And, that's okay. Just don't quit." Evhen Farmiga

"It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through."  Ira Glass

CON (Constitution) Endurance
Constitution is an indication of your character's longer term capabilities. Follow Through and Focused Attention are skills directly affected by your CON score. Champions have particularly high scores in CON because they realize that they need to persist early on.

It is an important attribute because it determines your level of patience, your capacity to wait and your energy levels at all states of mind and physiology. Definitely, to be able to forge on when times are tough you will need extra amounts of energy. CON can be developed by practicing energizing strategies like active rest, meditation and exercise.

Fortitude is a special CON skill that helps adventurers endure a perceived difficulty, distraction or annoyance. Fortitude also grounds your character in heightened times of joy and celebration. The basic learning that training the Fortitude skill is that everything changes and that "this too will pass." As your CON scores go up, observe your energy levels periodically or at episodic intervals: right after you wake up, before, during and after any task, in times of relaxation, leisure and rest, when you reach home and just before retiring for the day.

You are irritable and angry all the time. You are very impatient with yourself and others. People talk about your legendary temper.

You are always tired or exhausted and you don't know why.

You just work on the task at hand. You try to close yourself off from others.

You are always distracted and thinking of other concerns. You worry about the future and you worry about the past. You try to multitask but to no avail.

You have no expectations. You live one day at a time with no zest or joy.

You are always in a hurry because you are always late.

You get boosts of energy from external sources like coffee, peer pressure and pride. You firmly believe that it is your right as a customer to complain when service is bad. You might give a tip when the service is really good.

You realize all your excuses were made for your convenience. They hinder you from being consistent and from continuously moving forward. Now, you know what you should not do. It is time to figure out what you must do.

You are analyzing the important things you have been doing. You understand that you impose your own limits. You are beginning to observe the main themes, barriers, mindsets that hinder you from achieving what you can.

You realize that you need to live in the present. Here and now.

You start to develop your energy-enhancing skills.

You are more focused than ever before. Once you lock on to a specific goal you can stretch yourself easily.

Your well-being comes from within as well as without.

You are steadfast and patient. Ongoing quests and operations are doing good. All projects come to fruition. Your focus is impeccable. Your attention is unwavering.

People are happy to work with you and for you. You enjoy working with them and for them. Life is a never ending source of wonder and vitality. You source your happiness from the beauty of the mundane as well as the magnificence of what is.

You go beyond what you expect of yourself and you do it cheerfully and energetically. You have enough time for rest and leisure activities. You have an infectious positive presence. When you come into the room, a vibrant resonance is palpable. You are in harmony with the rhythm of the universe.

Needless to say, to improve your CON you need time. Just keep at it. Once you find what you want to do for the rest of your life, do not quit. Do it because you want to, because you love to. Becoming good and then great at it takes time. Take your time.

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