Habits are not one and done.
Neither are character traits.
They are daily decisions. We might wish that choosing to have enthusiasm yesterday would characterize us as enthusiastic next week. 🤔
Slap it on the resume, like a certification. Right? Put it on LinkedIn. That’d be wonderful.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.
Our perceived character and habits are a dynamic, ever-changing evaluation of how we conduct ourselves in every scenario. Helping the old lady carry her groceries this morning will mean nothing to the flight attendant we piss off next week.
Recently, I made a big decision to leave the college basketball coaching ranks (I’ll add: in good standing), and that was a “fearless” decision. I had a vision for myself. I had to make a change if I wanted to achieve that. So against the conventional wisdom and advice, I gave it up.
“I am FEARLESS!” – Me (that day)
Yesterday, I realized that every decision since then, I’ve made with fear in my heart. I’d mistaken the consistent, mindful approach that it takes to live fearlessly as something we can be certified in once and then carry with us, like a badge.
What qualified us as fearless, today, only truly proves one thing:
That we have the same capacity to live that fearlessly again, tomorrow…
If we consciously choose to.
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