First we make our habits, then our habits make us. – John Dryden
There’s a ton of power in that simple sentence. But that power can be for good or for bad. If we make good habits, then they most certainly do make us. They make us powerful, wise, and influential. But if we make bad habits they’ll break us. They’ll make us powerless, foolish, and forgettable. And unfortunately, making bad habits is much easier than breaking them. And making good habits is usually much harder than making bad ones.
Good habits are long-sighted. They’re the things we do every day to see long-lerm payoffs eventually. Things like nutrition, exercise, and an infinite number of disciplines from budgeting and time management to prayer and meditation give us little instant gratification. They pay off in subtle ways over time. The longer we do them, the bigger the reward.
But donuts, television, and impulse purchases reward us RIGHT NOW. Most people who eat poorly, fail to exercise, and waste time and money know that those things are bad. They don’t do those things purely out of innocent ignorance. They do them for the immediate reward. And while there are lots of techniques available for breaking habits that work well in specific circumstances, the underlying problem is one of fulfillment. And the problem under that is integrity.
Are you the kind of person who invests most of your resources in long-term purpose-centered goals? Or are you the kind of person who spends most of your resources on immediate pleasure? Is your aim to enjoy the moment, or to leave a legacy?
A strange thing happens for people who focus on purpose and legacy. They make habits that make them powerful, wise, and influential. And they enjoy every moment of the journey.
But a stranger thing happens for people who focus on immediate pleasure. They make habits that make them powerless, foolish, and forgettable. And they have to work really hard to keep their fleeting pleasures in mind, and avoid thinking of what they’re wasting. The immediate rewards become less and less fun. And their whole experience becomes disappointment and frustration, as they constantly desire more and more of those same pointless pleasures and gain less and less satisfaction from them.
Right now, YOU can begin to break the habits that have kept you from the full measure of power, wisdom, and influence you’re fully capable of. Or you can eat a donut, watch television, smoke a joint.
Right now, the choice is yours. What will 2017 be for you? More of the same? Or something epic? Choose to break the bad habits now, and make 2017 your best year yet. We’ll help.
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