Habits are powerful, learned behaviors that can make or break a person. Good habits make life effortless and attractive. Bad habits make life difficult and dreadful. In the weeks ahead we will discover habits for success, and make them come true.
“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 I 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 individuals 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 all the precision of a machine plus
the intelligence of a human. You may run
me for a 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,” concludes Sean Covey in his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. Covey is right. Habits are powerful, learned behaviors that can make or break a person. Good habits make life effortless and attractive. Bad habits make life difficult and dreadful. Since habits are learned behaviors they can be modified and changed. You are not destined and determined by the habits you learned in childhood. You are free and able to move in the direction of your choice. It’s never too late to start.
In the weeks ahead we will explore habits for success, in the broadest and best sense of the word. Habits that make life worth living. Habits that take the grind out of daily and the rat out of race. Habits that function as automatic sprinkler systems, cooling things down when the flames go up. Habits that prevent the fires in the first place.
We will describe both the what and the how of habits for success: what they look like and how you can incorporate them into your everyday life. We’re going to cover the bases, including physical environment, well-being, money, and relationships. We’re going look into habits for the workplace and habits for home.
I would invite you to participate in this series as never before. If you practice or have learned a habit for success that has made a big difference in your life, or in the life of someone you know, send me a note that describes the habit, how you learned it, and what it means to you today. Be specific. Your story can make a difference in someone’s life.
Whether you have a story to share or not, I would encourage you to create an inventory of your habits, divided into daily, weekly, monthly, and other categories. No habit should go unnoticed. Do you brush your teeth twice a day and floss regularly? Write it down. Do you mow your lawn or attend worship services once a week? Write it down. Do you do a physical self-examination and pay your bills in full every month? Write it down. Do you go to the dentist twice a year? Write it down. Write them all down, in as much detail as you have the time and patience for.
Awareness of current habits is the first step to choosing and learning new habits. Choosing and learning new habits is the first step to success. Let’s discover them together and make our dreams come true.
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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.
Bob Tschannen-Moran, MCC, BCC
President, LifeTrek Coaching International, www.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformation, www.SchoolTransformation.com
Immediate Past President, International Association of Coaching, www.CertifiedCoach.org
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