December 11, 2017

Acting today to justify who we were yesterday

How others see us, and what to do about itWe tend to favour consistency. We act in a way that aligns with who we were before. Then everything is nice and tidy. It’s not embarrassing. It might be rather ineffective, or even plain wrong, but it’s not embarrassing to carry on in the same groove.

We do all this unconsciously: Without really thinking about it…

We act today to justify how we were yesterday, or who we were yesterday, or what we did yesterday.

But actually…

It might be smart to change; to do something different—especially if we’ve figured out that doing or being something different might work better.

Now…

It is embarrassing to make the change: We’re implicitly admitting we were wrong, or at least not the best we could be. Courage is definitely required.

It’s still the best thing to do though.

And we help other people grow by our example.

So…

Which bits of how you used to be yesterday might it be worth leaving behind—or at least, making them part of your past rather than your present, perhaps remembered with a metaphorical photo in the album?