Intentional Habits

Part 2 of my Quotes & Images series

watch your habits they become characterI heard this quote at an early age and it really stuck with me. There is a lot in this world that we do not have control over and, for that reason, I might finish this quote differently rather than what is said about “destiny.” On the other hand, the one thing we do have control of is our own actions and, therefore, our habits. The kind of person we become is our own choice. We have the power to decide if we will put more good and positive things into the world or more hurtful and negative things out into the world. We choose if we are going to be someone who gives up easily or who perseveres. We choose if our identity will be wrapped up in things that matter or in things that won’t last. All of our little decisions add up to make habits that either go one way or the other. Our habits add up to make us the person we are or will become.

This is partially what drives my own discipline. Take exercising, for example. I try do something active, like running, at least six times a week. I have consciously made the decision that “I am a person who exercises regularly.” It is wrapped up in my identity and the rhythm of my life. Therefore, if I don’t do it, I am not myself. And because I know how difficult it is to get back into shape after “taking a break,” I maintain my habit of regular exercise diligently. Taking a couple days off only makes it that much easier to take a few more days off, which is on its way to creating a new habit of its own. So I will allow myself a day of rest or recovery but I avoid “letting myself go” at all costs. -M

Related quotes:

If you do not consciously form good habits, you will unconsciously form bad ones. -unknown

The best decision-makers know when not to trust themselves. -Roy F. Baumeister

The pain of discipline is far less than the pain of regret. -Sarah Bombell

The easier it is to do, the harder it is to change. – Eng’s principle

We know that suffering produces perseverance;  perseverance, character; and character, hope. -Romans 5

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