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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Evaluate Your Habits

"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going." - Jim Ryun

To be a highly effective person, you need to acquire good habits. It is always beneficial to list down your good and bad habits regularly. Then evaluate whether a habit is helping you or undermining you. Once you are aware of a bad habit, make a conscious decision to change it ASAP.

"First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your bad habits, or they'll eventually conquer you." - Rob Gilbert

Deal with Habits Early On

An elderly teacher, with a pupil by his side, took a walk through a forest. Suddenly he stopped and pointed to four plants close at hand. The first was just beginning to peep above the ground, the second had rooted itself pretty well into the earth, the third was a small shrub, while the fourth was a full-sized tree. The tutor said to his young companion, ‘Pull up the first plant.’ The boy did so eagerly, using only his fingers. ‘Now pull up the second.’ The youth obeyed but found the task more difficult. ‘Do the same with the third,’ he urged. The boy had to use all his strength to uproot it.

Now,’ said the instructor, ‘try your hand with the fourth.’ The pupil put his arms around the trunk of the tall tree and couldn’t even shake its leaves. ‘This, my son, is just what happens with our bad habits. When they are young, we can remove them readily; but when they are old, it’s hard to uproot them, though we pray and struggle ever so sincerely.

(From the Heidelberg Herald)

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle

"The unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to give up than bad ones." - Somerset Maugham

Some bad habits
Fear is a habit; so are Self-pity, Defeat, Anxiety, Despair, Hopelessness and Resignation. You can eliminate all of these negative habits with two simple resolves: I can!! and I will!!

Some good habits
"Successful people aren't born that way. They become successful by establishing the habit of doing things unsuccessful people don't like to do. The successful people don't always like these things themselves; they just get on and do them." - William Makepeace Thackeray

"Develop the habit of focusing on the possibilities, not the problems." - David DeNotaris

"Cultivate the habit of laughter." - Og Mandino

No matter where you are or where you are not, you have the ability to improve. Evaluate your habits. Then change them if necessary to have a great life!

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16 comments:

Sindhu said...

Thank you Sam for stopping by and your Wishes.

Great day ahead

cheers!

WaterLearner said...

Hi Sam,

Thanks for this post! I do have some bad habits myself that I am trying to shake off!!

Thanks for reminding me to say I CAN & I WILL!!

Blessings!

La Chanson de Phoenix said...

I see you dropped in! Thanks!

This post of yours has a ton of great points!

mr fong said...

Sam, normally laziness and apathy leads to me not wanting to change the Habit. love your story on the shrubs!

surjit said...

Hi Sam,
A wonderul post coupled with good story.I remember one quote:
"Sow a thought,and you reap an act; Sow an act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit, and you reap a character;
Sow a character,and you reap a destiny..."
Thanks for sharing.
God bless.

Trinity said...

Good post as usual Sam...

Keep on worrying is one of bad habits that is so hard to eliminate!

Btw, I love to read OG Mandino's book! The Greatest Salesman, right?

Sam Chan said...

Hi Sindhu,

You're welcome. Hope you have a Happy Diwali. You too have a great day ahead.

Best Wishes

Sam Chan said...

Hi Karen,

Nobody is perfect. I too have some bad habits such as spending too much time with my computer and not doing physical exercise.

Let's strive to shake off all our bad habits and cultivate new good habits.

Blessings

Sam Chan said...

Hi Sue,

Thanks for dropping by.
I am glad you find this post useful.

Hope you are doing fine.
Blessings to you, Sue.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Winston,

I hope you could find the means to overcome your apathy and laziness so that you will want to change some of your habits!

Blessings to you, Winston.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Surjit,

That's a nice quote. Thanks for sharing it. Indeed, repeated acts form our habits and good habits can helps us to reap a fruitful destiny!

God bless

Sam Chan said...

Hi Trinity,

Don't worry, Be Happy!

You are right! OG Mandino was the author of the bestselling book "The Greatest Salesman" in the World. He is one of the most inspirational and best-selling authors.

Blessing to you, Trinity.

Cornucopia Chronicles said...

I have more bad habits personally but I tried very hard to balance it out even. Why is it very hard sometimes to break the bad habit? Maybe I didn't try harder.

Thanks for sharing this Sam.

Your always have a great knowledge of wisdom.

Your entries always caught people's attetion because of its uniqueness content.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Haze,

Thanks for your nice and motivating comments. I am glad you find my blog unique. Actually, I am not really that wise. I also have a lot of bad habits that I need lots of strength to remove them.

May God grant us more heavenly wisdom and strength to continue to walk rightly in the side of God.

Blessings to you, Haze.

nelsonnigel said...

fabulous article!!!

habits are what makes us who we are and this article is just a great reminder that we all need to make a habit of maintaining highly effective habits.

Great article fella.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Nelsonnigel,

Thanks for your compliment and support of this idea.

Well, I have been slacking in blogging in 2008 because I have form a new habit... spending hours learning mandarin and sleep early. I hope these habits are not a bad one :-)

Best Regards
Sam Chan