In our last +1, we had fun chatting about the diploma we give to our Optimize Coaches.
It so perfectly captures the underlying purpose of all of our work together that I’d like to share it again.
Here it is one more time:
Having demonstrated a commitment to areté through the mastery of ancient wisdom, modern science, and the fundamentals of Optimal living—both in their own life and in service to others—let it be known that
[INSERT YOUR NAME HERE]is hereby recognized as a Certified Optimize Coachand granted all privileges thereunto appertaining, for as long as they continue to demonstrate their commitment through practice.
In witness whereof, we hereby commit to do our best to operationalize virtue and live with areté, honoring the fundamentals and striving to be our Optimize = Optimus = Best = Eudaimōn = Hērō selves in Energy, Work, and Love.
Today I want to chat about one particular subtle little thing from this section:
“…is hereby recognized as a Certified Optimize Coachand granted all privileges thereunto appertaining,for as long as they continue to demonstrate their commitment through practice.”
I actually laughed as I bolded that.
for as long as they continue to demonstrate their commitment through practice.
Our program is 300-days long. We graduate after doing a Spartan Race together on Saturday.
Then you know what happens on Sunday?
We start again.
It’s Day 1.
Yes, after completing our program and demonstrating Mastery, our Coaches “graduate.” They’re now “certified.”
Then, inspired in part by the the Navy SEALs who need to “earn their tridents every day,” we start again.
And again. And again.
It’s Day 1.
Well, as we talk about all the time, moving from Theory to Practice to Mastery isn’t a “Check me out, I’m done!” kinda thing.
It’s a constant and never-endingprocess in which we strive to show up, work our always-evolving protocols and see just what we’re capable of as we make our prior best our new baseline and give the world all we've got.