If you took Greek, you’ll be familiar with the Greek Symbol delta, which essentially means difference or change. When working with a friend on some career advice, I talked about the concept of “Closing the Delta.” In this concept, the delta is the difference between the aspirational vision of who you want to be and who you are in reality each and every day
Closing the delta means winnowing the gap between the absolute best version of yourself yourself and who you actually are. On any given day, you have many moments where you exhibit qualities of that aspirational state, and perhaps some qualities that are not aligned with that aspirational state. If you’re struggling with that, good news – it means you’re human!
The beauty in life is working on chasing and winnowing down the delta, and if you choose to accept it, you can use each and every day as a chance to close that gap. It’s not easy, but from my experience it is worthwhile and inspiring to get closer to becoming the person you want to be.
So, how do you start?
First, you need to define that aspirational state. Having a roadmap certainly helps What are the qualities or values you want toe exhibit and espouse?
Second, it means identifying both behaviors that help you work towards that aspirational state, and behaviors that bring you away from that aspirational state. Self-Awareness is an underrated gift, so understanding what you need to do and what you need to avoid is critical to success.
Third, is finding opportunities to exhibit as many of those behaviors that bring you closer to that aspirational state, and figuring out mechanisms to block, circumvent or avoid things that take you away from it.
The chase to become the best version of yourself lasts a lifetime. While I’m fortunate to have a good sense of what that version is, I fight (and fail) every day to live up to it. It’s an incredibly audacious and worthwhile goal, but certinaly something worth fighting for.