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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