That phrase greets me every morning – part of my morning ritual reading, a piece called Mastery by Stewart Emery. Soon, It will be three years – reading those words every morning. When I do, I often question if I am, if I have, if I can and if I will. I know I don’t. So often I fall short. I think we all love high ideals. And to skate-past the reality that we don’t measure up as well as we might on too many days. So, what can we do about that or, more importantly for me, what I can do about it.
Early in this year I’ve begun implementing some new things in how I run my day, run my process and run my life. Didn’t start four days ago, isn’t a ‘resolution’ kind of thing. Sure, I want to lose weight, get more fit etc. live everyone else who has time to fret about these things. But what I’m getting at here is the change how we are.
Here are some examples:
Be less critical and less dismissive
Be more kind and understanding
Be more tolerant
You see, these are not pass/fail items. They aren’t about waist measurements or bathroom scale read-outs, not about goals to be measured but rather they are qualities that can use improvement. No massive mountains to move – just some conscious thought. Not every time, but often. Not in every instance, but often. Will this be ‘consistently going beyond our limits …’? Well, limits are imaginary anyway, aren’t they? I can go beyond any point we choose to go beyond.