Yesterday, we talked about stretching beyond the familiar, taking a small step to ‘change it up’. This modification could be as small as taking a different route to school or switching your career from a chemist to an actor.
Now, we’ve arrived at Day 4 of living fearlessly. Today, we’ll dive into ‘being responsible’. Being responsible seems to be at direct odds with stretching beyond the familiar, yet there’s a subtle, important difference. Being responsible can take many forms as part of your day. It could be picking up after yourself when leaving a campground or cleaning your room before departing for school or work. For professionals, it could mean erasing the whiteboard when you are finished with a key meeting or leaving the lunch break room a little cleaner for the next person.
Think ‘do the right thing’ when being responsible. This doesn’t translate to ‘act conservatively’ in all that you do; some of my best learnings have occurred when I took a risk. But it does mean to follow your nation’s laws and guidelines for safe living.
Stretching beyond the familiar means attempting something that scares you (public speaking or an acting class); it doesn’t mean breaking laws, disrespecting people or damaging property.
Be responsible in all you think, say, or do and you are on your way to living fearlessly.
Until next time,