Deeply, Durably, Highly
It’s easy to have an opinion; from having an opinion, it’s a short and backward step to becoming opinionated. It’s harder, possibly much harder, to establish a position; do you understand the difference between opinions and positions?
It’s easy to hold an attitude; from holding an attitude, it’s a short and backward step to ‘having an attitude problem’. It’s harder, possibly much harder, to adhere to values, to be purpose full; do you understand the difference between attitudes and values?
It’s easy to nominate a goal; from nominating a goal, it’s a short and backward step to becoming fixated and inflexible. It’s harder, possibly much harder, to strive to achieve aspirations; do you understand the difference between goals and aspirations?
Opinions can be shallow. Attitudes may be short-lived. Goals may be simple. When you think about opinions, attitudes and goals, there is nothing necessarily wrong with them but neither is there anything necessarily right with them. Opinions, attitudes and goals need to have strong foundations, and the best foundations are comprised of positions, values and aspirations. Without these foundations, it is all too easy to slip away unnoticed. To avoid this, adopt a deep, durable and high approach.
‘tis nobler has emphasised the importance of ‘pattern development’ to make skilled performance more effective and much more efficient (most recently here), which raises the question – What are the ‘patterns’ underpinning your behaviour?
In addition to the (inescapable) opinions, attitudes and goals in your daily life, are there deeper and stronger patterns to your behaviour that enable you to go above and beyond?
Do you have positions or just opinions? What are your values? How will you achieve your aspirations? These are big questions; the starting point for the last question might be to have aspirations (for research has shown a strong and positive link between aspirations and achievement).
Think deeply, commit durably, aspire highly!