Good morning. Today, let’s give a rest to Epictetus, and pay attention to Aristotle. He too has much to say to us.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.
Have you ever caught yourself do things over and over again, that you did not want to do, because you felt it told something about you, because it conveyed a you that you did not want to see? These are bad habits that build up to poor character. In the contrary, have you ever decided to stop doing something you were not proud of, or to start doing something that made you better and, day after day, see that your character was getting stronger? Good habits forge good character.
It is in the present moment that we choose who we are, by choosing what we do. It does not always feel that way. It may feel like “oh, just this once”, but every act opens a door to one of the paths above. And every act makes it easier to open the next door. And this is not just true for us as individuals. It is also true for teams. It is also true for large organizations. Excellence is a habit. And habits are the sums of our daily choices. They seem tiny at first, but they grow more confident and bold as their number adds up. So be careful of these tiny choices. Make sure you surround yourself with a good crowd of tiny little good acts, which will make tomorrow choices easier. And inspire the same in your team mates, staff and partners.
For now, may you have a wonderful day, and make choices that will make tomorrow’s choices easier.
P.S: I also really like this typographic representation, and felt like sharing it. Hope you like it.