Who Am I?
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 the things you do you might just as well turn over to me, and I will be able to do them quickly, correctly.
I am easily managed - you must merely 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 all great people; and alas, of all failures as well. Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a human being.
You may run me for a profit or turn 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.
THE POWER OF HABIT
"Every single qualification for success is acquired through habit. People form habits and habits form futures. If you do not deliberately form good habits, then unconsciously you will form bad ones. You are the kind of person you are because you have formed the habit of being that kind of person, and the only way you can change is through changing habits".
From "The Common Denominator of Success" by BY ALBERT E.N. GRAY
BUT HOW DO WE CHANGE HABITS?
Enjoy these words of wisdom from Bob...
Changing a habit takes a fair amount of energy and understanding, but I guarantee it’s worth the effort.
Here’s how you break a bad habit permanently.
Write down one thing—that goal, that dream, that challenge that you have not yet resolved in your life. The subconscious mind thrives on detail so describe it to yourself as vividly as you can.
Now remember, if you’re trying to break a habit that is not serving you, and you don’t consciously and deliberately replace it with something good, you’re going to form another unhealthy habit. Nature abhors a vacuum.
The question people often ask is how do you recognize that something is a bad habit?
You recognize it by is evaluating your behavior. It’s behavior that is giving you a result you don’t want.
Write down every association that you connect to this habit/behavior/result. Write out everything you think about it, the good and the bad. Everything that the thought of it brings to your mind. Write it all out in crystal clear detail.
Next, ask yourself what the polar opposite of what you just wrote out would be. Then, on the separate sheet of paper, write out the behavior that is the opposite of the behavior you want to change.
When you’re finished, burn the piece of paper that has the negative behavior written on it. Although this is merely a symbolic gesture, it is important that you destroy it.
Write the positive behavior three to five times every day and read it frequently.
Eventually, the new idea will start to take root in your subconscious mind, which will take the power away from the old habit. The negative habit will die from a lack of nourishment, and the positive one will take over.
It’s time to get to the bottom of your habits—your paradigms.
Ask yourself the following questions about the habit you want to change:
• Why do I do this?
• What evidence do I have that it is a good idea?
• Where did I get such an idea?
Keep on digging until you’ve exhausted every possible scenario.
Finally, now that you know what your paradigm is on the topic you’ve chosen create an affirmation that will assist you in reprogramming your mind. The affirmation should be the opposite of your paradigm.
Pick an undesirable habit today and do this process every day. It will change your life.