What is Your Net Worth?
Guest Post by Dick Warn
We all have habits, some of them good and others not. Habits have a way of sneaking up on us and defining who we are.
There is an old saying that you cannot kill a frog by dropping him into hot water. When a frog first hits scalding water his instant reaction drives him to jump out unharmed. But if you place that frog in cold water and gradually increase the heat until it is scalding hot, the frog gets cooked before he knows it. In the very same way we get cooked by our own bad habits. Bad habits sneak up on us.
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author) said, “The chains of habit are generally too weak to be felt, until they are too strong to be broken.”
The key for you and me, assuming we have a bad habit or two, is making up our mind to put our bad habits behind us. I was once a two pack-a-day smoker. I knew it was bad, yet continued. There is comfort in habits, the same as well-worn shoes. It is often easier to continue what we’ve been doing, even when it is bad for us, than to make a stand and do what needs to be done.
George Santayana (1863-1952, American philosopher) said, “Habit is stronger than reason.”
That is certainly true in my case. I still have habits that I should leave behind. So what should I do? Take one bad habit at a time, make it my primary goal, and then work on it until it is completely behind me; over, forgotten, and done. Then pick another habit and do the very same thing. There is nothing we can’t overcome, once we make up our mind to do it.
Why should anyone even try this? Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist) said, “Your net worth to the world is determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.”
What is your net worth?
Dick Warn is the author of The Miracle Minute, a weekly email sent free to readers around the world. www.TheMiracleMinute.com His latest book, Mystical Mentor can be previewed at www.MysticalMentor.com