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A Mental Game riddle for you. Try to figure out the answer. Who am I?
I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden.
I push you onward, or drag you down to failure
I am completely at your command.
Half the things you do might as well be turned over to me.
I will do them quickly and correctly.
I am easily managed.
You must be firm with me.
Show me what you want to be done, and after a few lessons, I will do it automatically.
I am the servant of all great people.
The burden of all failures as well.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made a failure.
I am not a machine, though I work with the precision of a machine and the intelligence of a person.
Run me for profit or run me for ruin.
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 will tell you who I am in a minute, but you have to buy into the idea that you become what you do every single day. That’s why we talk about Making Today Your Banquet. What you do today, you will become tomorrow.
What you think about most often, you will become. I am sure that you have heard by now that the text book definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result.
The answer to the riddle is that I am habit.
If you have good habits that are helping you, make those habits firm. Doing the same thing, will keep getting the same results you have always gotten unless the environment or the competition change (which is the world we live in). Make those good habits firm.
Most people will set a goal and execute on that goal for 1 or 2 weeks, some for the whole year. However, the majority of us will not last more than 2-3 days. Why? Because we are looking at an impossible task. We are looking at the end result. What we need to do is look at the process, the daily decisions we make and the HABITS that we are.
Remember, inch by inch, it is a since, yard by yard it is hard. Why wait till a new year starts or till your physician tells you that you need to make change. If you look in the mirror and see some things that you do not like, internally or externally, do something about it.