According to Aristotle, “We are what we repeatedly do”, which ties in nicely in a growth mindset because it means we can change what we don’t like about ourselves, our home/work environments, our relationships, our circumstances. Success is not something you can achieve in one day or a week. It is something that comes with the continuous work, refinement and a commitment to the identification and completion of goals that allow you to get where you want to be.
So what exactly is it that “you do”? That’s the first step in change…identifying (accepting) your reality…only then can you change what you don’t like. I’ve shared numerous times on this blog how important journaling has been to my growth. Again, not the Dear Diary kind of journal but instead a frank evaluation of daily goals and outcomes. What did I plan to do versus what really happened…and why/what/where did I get off track. This particular human has the amazing ability to have a perception of what’s happening that often has no bearing on what’s really happening… i.e. fitness, amount of sleep, amount of spending, calories consumed, mph down the road, what is a realistic to-do list, must I go on…
Having a journal keeps me honest and growing…it forces me to identify what I want to be and to do what I need to do to get there…then I am what I do with eyes wide open…with integrity…with accountability.
“Integrity is built by defeating the temptation to be dishonest; humility grows when we refuse to be prideful; and endurance develops every time you reject the temptation to give up.” ~ Rick Warren