I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden. I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.
I am completely at your command.
Half of the things you do you might as well turn over to me and I will do them – quickly and correctly.
I am easily managed – you must be firm with me. Show me exactly how you want something done and after a few lessons, I will do it automatically.
I am the servant of great people,
and alas, of all failures as well.
Those who are great, I have made great. Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine though
I work with the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a person.
You may run me for profit or run me for ruin – it makes no difference to me.
Take me, train me, be firm with me, and I will place the world at your feet.
Be easy with me and I will destroy you.
Who am I?
I am Habit.
Habits can be your greatest asset or your biggest liability. We must learn to maximize our good habits and minimize the bad habits.
As we approach 2015, just a few days a way. I am looking at my bad habits and challenging myself to minimize them as much as possible, and focus more effort in all of the areas where my good habits exist.
The first step in eliminating bad habits is to acknowledge that you have them. For example: At one time I used to get off of work at six o’clock or so and I would be starving. It had been five or six hours since lunch, so it made sense to be hungry. However, there would be certain days where I would be just really really hungry, we all know what that feels like. I would eat a big meal thinking that is what I needed, and then go to bed a few hours later. I think you can see a few problems with this scenario. Needless to say, I was not in very good shape.
What I eventually discovered was that on days that I was overly stressed out with projects or just normal day-to-day stuff, I would be hungrier. There would be periods of time in our business cycle that I would go for weeks and do this. Once I discovered this correlation between my stress and over eating, I was able to manage it better. Are there still times this occurs? Absolutely! However, I am aware of this habit and now that I am I can plan accordingly to manage it.
What triggers your bad habits? What triggers your good habits? Be aware of what drives the things you do, this is the first step to maximizing the good and eliminating the bad.
To your success and your future.