When we let a wildly inappropriate comment go because we don’t want to make waves or embarrass the person who made it.
When we take a comment too personally and shift into argumentative mode because it’s more important to be right than to stay present and connected.
When we stay stuck in habits that don’t serve us because we’re afraid to fail or look foolish.
When we take any kind of short-cut at the expense of quality.
When we put others down because we’re not feeling good about ourselves.
When we defend the status quo even though we know we’re headed for a fall.
Our initial descent into tolerating bad actions is barely noticeable.
In the beginning, our acceptance of mediocrity can be undetectable.
Falling into the habit of ego protection (or inflation) can be subtle at first.
But what’s clear is our trajectory. And we’re headed down.
We get to choose whether we want to crash or soar.