Back on October 15, I offered this on 77 Days and Beyond. Then, on October 18, I shared on GREAT and SLOWER Health. Since then, I have continued to live, reflect and learn. This past week, I got rid of 4 pairs of 46″ waist pants; an act of burning my boats, if you will. I have fortified my home with good food… in taste and sustenance. I have witnessed a slimming, even today. And all of that is to say that this journey continues… and, starting in November… weekly on Wednesdays… I will be checking in on my journey around the application and practice of character in this area of greatest and most present challenge; my very own health. I do invite you to join me as the lessons learned and shared will be applicable across many areas of life, I humbly expect, suggest and contend.
With all of that in mind, I have had (this week) a bit of re-connection with a wisdom shared with me many years back. The essence of that wisdom is in this Facebook Live video on Bias, Assumptions and Life. I offer this… with an idea; in connection with my journey back to health. Last post, I offered this…
Yes, after throwing out my 46″ pants (actually sent to a bin for recycling used clothes)… I woke this morning to realize that I can now fit into 42″ pants. As I have said, my high was 316 pounds (144 kilos)… and 48″ waist… and I am now down to 275 pounds (126 kilos)… and a 42″ waist. I intend to keep going.
As noted then, the feeling from that moment was gratitude. The feeling and learning a week later and after still making incremental progress is that the next level requires daily practice; one day at a time. Goals are great… and they motivate. But execution is daily. Coming from a masonry contracting family, strong buildings are built one brick at a time. Each brick, well laid, supports the next.
That requires the virtues of Discipline, Diligence and Devotion; being wholly committed to execution each day. It requires treating each day as a well laid brick, and understanding that the results will take care of themselves so long as one executes with Excellence, another virtue. In other words… while setting effective goals is vital, it is the execution that makes it happen. That execution requires a daily approach of Discipline, Diligence and Devotion. It requires it one day a time. And…
Where in your work or life do you need to more greatly practice daily Discipline, Diligence and Devotion? I invite you to do that; and make this DAY ONE.
Next week, there will be an official weigh in.
For now, the lesson for me… is daily execution, one brick at a time.
Until next time,
Peace, passion and prosperity.
Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™
Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.
Some other reads, of note…
- Empathy and Leadership
- Healthy Minds and Well Being
- Three Teachers
- Character Matters: Leader Thoughts
- Leader ToC
- Character First
- For Leaders and Educators
- Developing Leadership Character
PPS (Other Resources)
- Our work is all about character. We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe.
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