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I came across this poem (who’s author is unknown to me) several years ago and I think it’s definitely worth sharing. If you haven’t yet listened to Episodes 12 to 15 on habit development, go check those out after listening to this episode. Enjoy!
I will push you onward or drag you down to
I am completely at your command.
over to me and I will do them – quickly and
Show me exactly how you want something done
and after a few lessons, I will do it automatically.
and alas, of all failures as well.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I work with the precision of a machine
plus the intelligence of a person.
it makes no difference to me.
I will place the world at your feet.
I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden.
Half of the things you do you might as well turn
I am easily managed – you must be firm with me.
I am the servant of great people,
I am not a machine though
You may run me for profit or run me for ruin –
Take me, train me, be firm with me, and
Be easy with me and I will destroy you.
Who am I? I am Habit.