Understanding the Relationship Between our Habits and our Character
“Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character.” -Stephen R. Covey
If our character is basically a composite of our habits, we can effectively completely change our lives by changing our habits. Our current habits define who we are at this present moment in time. However, they don’t define who we will eventually be, because we have the ability to change our habits if we commit to making the necessary changes. The paradigm shifts we experience will be in direct proportion to our efforts in the application of each habit.
What do you want to be? A teacher? A writer? A computer technician? A pilot? A social worker? What kind of life do you want to live? Everything is possible. If you’re not living the life you’ve always dreamed of living, choose to do so, and take the first step toward it. Delete one habit that doesn’t move you toward your goal, and replace it with one habit that does. Then do that again… and again. Change your habits one by one, and you will change your character and become the person you dream to be.
In his best seller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey lists being proactive as the first habit. Be Proactive! Take complete “response-ability” for your own life. When we take full responsibility for our life, we empower ourselves to make any and all changes necessary to achieve the results we desire. By changing the habits at the core of the results we experience, we also change our character and our life. We each have the ability to elevate our life through conscious endeavor.
“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.” -Henry David Thoreau
Keep Pedaling, Keep Going, Keep Growing!