Being a designer, I spend a lot of time at my computer. Like … 75% of my time. I leave myself notes all the time on my iMac to remind me of important deadlines, dates, bills, etc. But, this post-it has been left on there for a while now. It helps me when I need a character check.
Some might have professional goals or wealth goals, but I have character goals. These are the things I want to be known as in my life. When I die I want to have the people at my funeral talking about how gracious I was, rather than how wealthy, popular, or talented I was. That my kids would remember how humble I was. That my friends would remember how resilient I was. These are my 3. I NEED to tell myself these every day.
May I be humble in my success. Let me be held in constant tension of “there was more that I could have done” and ” I did everything I could”. I am still me when I win big, and I wasn’t solely responsible for my success. I am not defined by my wins.
May I be gracious in all things. Let me be gracious with myself as I can only give to others what I have given to myself. Let me be gracious with others as I don’t always know the full story. Grace is reciprocal. When I have grace with others, others will have grace with me.
May I be resilient in my failures. Let me feel the sting of failure, sit with it to process, and then get back up and start kicking ass again. Let me look at a troubled season as a stepping stone to something better. This isn’t my life. It’s a moment in my life. And it will pass. I am still me when I lose big, but I’m not defined by my losses. (Thanks Ryan Holiday for the words there.)
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