This week’s Wednesday Wisdom comes from Coach George Raveling’s “Coaching for Success” blog:

There will come a day when we take our last breath. The self-discovery journey from birth to death is preciously short. Acknowledging this truthful reality is not meant to trigger angst but to bring deeper awareness to the fact that we live on borrowed time each day. How we intentionally choose to live and love is more in our control than we think.

Playing small does not serve the world. We are imperfectly perfect just the way we are. Each day we should let go of the role of feeling the need to be perfect. It only creates stagnation, procrastination, and inner turbulence. Instead of striving for perfection, let us:

  • Strive for excellence
  • Strive to make a difference in another person’s life.
  • Strive to go to bed a little wiser and better than when you woke up.
  • Commit to not worrying about being perfect but being more real and honest with yourself and those you love.

Understand there is no endpoint or arrival date. We are forever students. No matter our profession we must ask ourselves, what are we doing to leave the places we live and navigate through….at the very least slightly better than how we found them?

In these moments of mindful reflection, we should aspire to cultivate a deeper conviction to listen and to learn what we don’t know but need to. This will help us lead ourselves and others with courage from the heart instead of from a place of fear as we make the most of our borrowed time