Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Commonplace Book Words for Wednesday - On Habits

Watch your thoughts; they become your words.
Watch your words; they become your actions.
Watch your actions; they become your habits.
Watch your habits; they become your character.
Watch your character, for it will become your destiny. - Unknown (sometimes attributed to Frank Outlaw)
Brings to mind a Bible verse or two, doesn't it?  (Maybe Proverbs 23:7) How we think is so powerful: thoughts become destiny.

It can really work both ways: think the right things and you will most likely do the right things. Do the right things (whether you feel like it or not) and you will get your thoughts (and therefore your feelings) right.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. - Aristotle
I so want to be a woman, a mother, a wife, a Christian, a person of excellence. It is both challenging and encouraging to consider that excellence is not something that is granted in one fell swoop but something that is earned in consistent improvement of habit. Habits of thought, habits of action, these things are both within my control.

1 comment:

April said...

Excellent words here. Thank you for sharing. I need to bookmark this and come back to read it often.

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