The Power of Habits

“The second half of a man’s life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half.” -Dostoevsky

One of the main things that separates a successful person from an unsuccessful person are the habits they have developed. Successful people have developed the habits of hard work, discipline, and excellence. Unsuccessful people have developed the habit of laziness, doing the bare minimum, letting life happen to them, and making excuses.

Whether you succeed or fail in life will be largely determined by the habits you develop!

Below is a poem I heard recently that expresses the power of habit. After you read it, I would encourage you to examine the habits that you’ve developed in your life. What formed those habits? When did you form those habits? Are they good or bad habits? Decide which habits in your life need to go.

Then determine the habits you would like to develop in your life. To develop the habits required to be successful, find successful people that you admire and would like to be like. Find out what habits they have developed that make them successful. Then try to develop those habits in your own life.

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Who Am I?

You may know me.

I’m your greatest helper;
I’m your heaviest burden.

I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.
I am at your command.

Half the task you do might as well be turned over to me.
I am able to do them quickly, and I am able to do them
the same every time, if that’s what you want.

I am easily managed.
All you’ve got to do is be firm with me.

Show me exactly how you want it done;
after a few lessons, I’ll do it automatically.

I am the servant of all great men and women;
of course, the servant of the failures as well.

I’ve made all the great people who have ever been great.

And, I’ve made all the failures, too.

But I work with all the precision of a marvelous computer,
with the intelligence of a human being.

You may run me for profit or you may run me to ruin;
it makes no difference to me.

Take me. Be firm with me, and I’ll put the world at your feet.

Be easy with me, and I will destroy you.

Who Am I?

I Am Habit!

What habits are holding you back from becoming everything you are capable of becoming?

What habits do you need to retire?

What habits do you need to start developing?

Who are 5 successful people that you know that you could meet with and ask them about the habits they’ve developed?


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