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We are what we repeatedly do….

I’m back to reading the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey.  It’s one of the few books I highly recommend and if read with an open mind will provide the framework for breaking old habits while learning to replace them with one’s focused on inner growth. 

I recently had a conversation with my wife regarding the importance of “quality” over “quantity” as it relates to everyday experiences.   We as a species tend to get caught up in an obsesive compulsion to accumulate more of the things we desire (quantity) rather then take the time to appreciate that which we already have (quality).  I’m no different and at times I find myself running in the same rat race wanting more and more while neglecting that which I already have.    

One of the basic principles that Stephen discusses in his overview is the concept of “Habits”.  The chapter begins with the following  quote from Aristotle:

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then is not an act, but a habit” 

He then provides an additional maxim that goes “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit: sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny”.    Our habits define us as individuals.   They either provide forward momentum or become the chains that hold us back.    They can however be broken and new one’s created.

At times were unable to notice them or worse yet, come to believe that they are us.  Believing that to break a habit is to betry our very character.   Nothing is farther from the truth.   We are free to redefine our being each and every day.   We live in a world where all things are possible.  The words “I can’t” hold no weight unless you believe them.   If you believe that you can then the universe will provide an opportunity.  

 

 

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