He said, “You become.  It takes a long time.  That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept.  Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby.  But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” ~ Velveteen Rabbit

Becoming is a process.

It takes time and resilience.  Your decision making becomes more about your convictions than how much you can accomplish.  Do you start the day wondering how you’re going to get it all done?  Part of becoming is recognizing that “getting it all done” was never the intended end result.  Perhaps a better questions is: how do I want to be remembered?  

Being real! 

Now that’s something to be proud of; a direction to go toward; a desired destination. Being real means you no longer pretend you are the answer for all the problems.  Being real means you don’t have to look like the next guy.  Being real means you know who you are and are comfortable with it and have made an impact because of it.  

As 2016 rapidly approaches, consider setting goals for the New Year that are about becoming.  What will you do in 2016 to work on “becoming?” Because “being real” is beautiful!