Aristotle said: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.”
I’m unsure if it’s possible, in words, to describe just how important these words are to me. This philosophy; this belief that skills, thoughts, beliefs, habits, personality even, can be changed/altered/grown (or discarded) with regular practice, is something that I discovered in my mid to late-twenties.
Without this shift in mindset, I’m not sure where I would be today.
I can hazard a guess that I’d be stuck, still, in that cage of fixed mindset; imprisoned by my own self-imposed limitations, beliefs deeply routed in what I wasn’t able to do.
Without this shift in mindset, I can think of countless experiences that I would have never had; challenges I would have never attempted; battles never fought; true friends never met; pride and self-belief never felt.
So whilst I’m not overly interest in being ‘excellent’, whatever that really means, I am interested in being my best.
And knowing that pretty much any life-skill – confidence, openness, communication, bravery, honesty, decisiveness (just to name a few) – can all be gained through consistent practice?
Well… this is the key to unlock that cage I was talking about.