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Be inconsistent today

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Today, try and do something inconsistent with your regularly established behaviors. It can be as small as choosing a different brand of soda than you usually drink. Or, as big as endorsing a political candidate from an opposing political party. Do it front of someone who will notice.

People get frozen into their reality because they are afraid to appear inconsistent even when their consistency hurts them. They would rather suffer than to have other people see them change their mind or challenge their own image of themselves. Don’t be so attached to the status quo that your world never grows. How many decisions have you made that limit your world instead of allowing you to experience more of it?

If called upon to explain yourself, quote Emerson. Because then you appear smart and inconsistent. A great combination.

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day.–“Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.”–Is it so bad then to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood. . . .

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