Sometimes the greatest form of social proof is consistency.
If we are in pursuit of some higher purpose or goal in our lives, we will inevitably face doubt in some from or another. Others will doubt us, our mission, our strategy, our tactics, and our resolve. We will even come to doubt ourselves at times.
The most powerful weapon against such doubt is consistency. When others have lost faith in us or when we have lost it in ourselves, consistent action in the direction of our goals will prove out. It is far easier to change perception through action than is to change action through perception.
We are all seeking some form of truth, whether it is the truth our own truth. If we want or need others to accept our particular truth, to believe in our purpose, and to support our goals, we must begin with action and we must follow through on that action consistently. Over time, consistency becomes truth.
Holistic Budo: As it is in budo, so too it is in life. As it is in life, so too it is in budo.
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