How Strong Are Your Habits?

August 14, 2009 by
Filed under: Helpful Insights 

They say the secret of your future is hid­den in your daily rou­tine and the below addresses it very well. Although many have claimed fame to it, the offi­cial author is anony­mous. I came across this a num­ber of years back and it struck a strong cord with me then as it does now. I printed it out and I have it hang­ing on my wall in my office so that I can be reminded of the impor­tant les­son it reminds us of.

This has made such a strong impact on my life that I wanted to share it with you!

The secret for you is hid­den in the poem’s message…enjoy!


I am your con­stant com­pan­ion.

I am your great­est helper or your heav­i­est burden.

I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.

I am com­pletely at your command.

Half the things you do, you might just as well turn over to me,

And I will be able to do them quickly and correctly.

I am eas­ily man­aged; you must merely be firm with me.

Show me exactly how you want some­thing done,

And after a few lessons I will do it automatically.

I am the ser­vant of all great men

And, alas, of all fail­ures as well.

Those who are great, I have made great.

Those who are fail­ures, I have made failures.

I am not a machine,

though I work with all the pre­ci­sion of a machine

Plus the intel­li­gence of a man.

You may run me for profit, or run me for ruin;

It makes no dif­fer­ence to me.

Take me, train me, be firm with me

And I will put the world at your feet.

Be easy with me, and I will destroy you.

Who am I?


What has habit given you? What has habit taken away from you? Can you think of any­thing that habit may be of use to you or some­one else?

What are your thoughts on the power of HABIT?


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  1. Mishu on Wed, 19th Aug 2009 3:21 am
  2. Very nice way to share the idea with read­ers. I like the poem to deliver the mes­sage. And also very nice writing.

    .-= Mishu´s last blog ..The Clos­ing Stages– The Time To Get Remem­bered =-.

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  3. Cristina on Fri, 21st Aug 2009 10:04 pm
  4. This is a great poem and so true!

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    […] rou­tine in the eas­i­est. By review­ing your list each day at the same time, you make it a habit to review […]

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