Can you identify what I am?
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 just as well turn over to me, and I will be able to do them quickly and 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 men; and alas, of all failures, as well. Those who are failures, I have made failures. Those who are great, I have made great. I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine, plus the intelligence of a man. 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? Iam a habit. This written portrait of habits was first painted by Dr. Dennis P. Kimbro. Many years ago. However, it is worth highlighting today.
Do you regularly examine your thoughts and actions to your habits? We are creatures of habit, you may be doing something habitually that you no longer have reason to do, or holding on to thoughts and beliefs that have long been disapproved or no longer serve you out of habit. Some people are guilty of having self-destructive habits, and do not concern themselves with the positive habits needed to enhance and preserve their lives. My habitual supposition is that, good habits are hard to form, but easy to live with. The toughest things to change are bad habits that run counter to the goals that you want to achieve. If a habit isn’t helpful, it is hurtful. If a habit is not leading you towards success, it is probably leading you to failure. Without purpose, without adequate plans for the fulfillment of your habit goals, your mind is bound to the negative habit patterns of failure.
All of our emotions are present in our minds at all times. We’ve grown the habits of letting certain ones dominate over the others. But, we can rearrange a new set of habits to come about when ever we choose to. The unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are easier to give up then the bad ones. If we fail to see our bad habits as a problem, this might be the worst habit of all. Whereupon, we first form habits, then habits form us.
Jeorald Pitts/Lil Tone is the author of the book, “To Bang or Not To Bang-A Book of Questions” now available at Borders and Amazon.com. Mr. Pitts can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.