Friday, August 29, 2008

Habits

“I am your constant companion. I will push you forward to success or I will drag you down to failure. I am completely at your command. 80% of what you do, you might as well hand over to me and I will do it promptly and I will do it correctly. I am easily managed; you must merely be firm with me. Show me what you’d like to have done, and after a couple of lessons, I will do it automatically. I am the servant of all great people. Alas, I am the servant of all failures as well. All who are great, I have made great. All who are failures, I have made failures. I am not a machine; but I do work with the precision of a machine and the intellect of a human. Take me, train me, be firm with me, and I’ll lay the world at your feet. Be easy with me, and I will destroy you!”

“Who am I?”


Habits.

Actions of repeated behavior that we are unaware of are ultimately what will lead to our success or our failure, no doubt about it, it is 100% true. We are all creatures of habit because habits bring us comfort in what we do, even when we know that the comfort we are receiving is unhealthy. Fortunately for us, habits are fostered and therefore can be changed.

There is a negative connotation with the word habit because we blame them for things we usually do wrong. In playing the victim we allow ourselves to take no ownership for our misgivings and pass the blame on habit. This sense of lack of control is allowed to control us while giving us an easy out when confronted with our behavior. As much as habits are used to mask our faults, when empowered we can go through a stage of renewal by simply creating new habits, habits of enhancement.

It takes roughly 10,000 correct tries to create new habit, or roughly 30 days for us to change our internal workings and turn an old habit into a new one. In order to make sure that the change of habit is empowering and not the creation of a new negative habit we must be able to understand our inner workings. All action we initiate comes from a patterning of behavior that has been ingrained in us through our life experiences. Through internal enlightenment we will be able to understand our actions and the consequences they bring, make the differentiation between good consequence and bad, and then create a new habit based on reality and not immediate comforting response. In doing this we allow ourselves to go through a transformation from giving power to habit to gaining power through action and introspection.

It is the human power to self reflection that will ultimately allow us to create change. In change we provide the ability take habits, train them, and be firm with them so that they can lay the world at our feet. If we allow ourselves to live in a world of false reality, we essentially allow our habits to destroy us from achieving. We have the power to completely change our destiny in 30 days if we use those 30 days exerting the strength we all carry as individual human beings. In 30 days of persistence and the willingness to pick a fight with adversity we can push a mentality of victimization behind us and actually live an empowered life. In 30 days we can turn 80% of our actions that hold us back and flip it into 80% of our actions that will allow us to move forward without excuse or justification.

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