Excellence is a habit, says Aristotle

When a letter comes from the IRS, most tend to shiver in their boots.  Granted, it’s not something you’d like to frame and admire, yet, the fact that money is owed and needs to be paid isn’t always a measure of success – or lack of it.  In fact, the way I look at it is that the details that are attached to the past few years of my life, which actually began much farther back than that, are actually helping me to learn that the next few years are going to be totally different.  Why?  Because I said so.

 I have learned that whatever I put into my unconscious mind and continue to believe it, and continue to enforce it, and work on that process, will come to fruition.  Of course, this takes a lot of (this is what stops most people) WORK.  That’s the one thing that stops the majority from doing it.  You can change your life, your circumstances, your habits, and your situation.  At least I know that I am changing mine.   And, I know that it is a lot of work and that sometimes I don’t want to be the “big me” as a dear woman I know who knows all about the big me and the little me because she works as a family therapist and deals with these kinds of things all the time.  She knows when people are hedging and hiding from the real work necessary to grow.  Why?  Because it’s hard work!  But the rewards can be – and will be – the reward at the end of a long, rocky, dusty road.

 “We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” 

Aristotle I read this quote last night while sitting in the cool of the evening under our plum tree. I read it, and then I read it again and it really started to take root. And, so I carried that thought with me into the evening and to bed.  And when I awoke, another famous quote was sitting in my head: Begin with the end in mind.  I’d heard this before but it didn’t really make a lot of sense to me.  I couldn’t relate somehow.  But today, it did.  And I started thinking, “what is the end? For me?  How do I define that?  The end of my life?  The end of my professional career?  The end of a single day? 

 This morning, as I walked down the path to my Little House, I thought to myself, how would I act IF and started filling in the blanks – IF I were the published, successful author I aspire to be?  If I were the Blue Diamond Executive I strive to be?  If I were a person people look to for inspiration and know they can count on me to be there?  If I were running my animal rescue operation in WyomingI just filled in the blanks.  And my heart was changed.  The daily and hourly things I must do began to arrange themselves in my head.  And so, I came here and I did the very thing that the little me often finds a way to put off doing – I sat down and I wrote this blog.  Because I love to write; because it fills my heart; because it is who I was born to be.  And, yes, it is hard work something every single day and put it out there into cyberspace, but at the end of the page, at the end of the day, it will become a habit that will change my life and enable me to reach so many, and that is my dream.


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