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==> THE SEVEN HABITS - AN OVERVIEW

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit."
ARISTOTLE

Our character is a composite of our habits. "Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a charater; sow a character, reap a destiny."
Habits are powerful factors in our lives. They are consistent, often unconscious patterns, they constantly express our character and produce our effectiveness . . . or ineffectiveness.
Horace Mann once said, "Habits are like a cable. We weave a strand of it everyday an soon it cannot be broken." I believe habits can be learned and unlearned, but it's not a quick fix. It involves a process and a tremendous commitment.
Those of us who watched the lunar voyage of Apollo 11 were transfixed as we saw the first men walk on the moon and return to earth. To get there, those astronauts literally had to break out of the tremendous gravity pull of the earth. More energy was spent in the first few minutes of lift-off, in the first few miles of travel, than was used over the next several days to travel half a million miles.
Habits, too, have a tremendous gravity pull - more than most people realize or would admit. Breaking deeply embedded habits such as procrastination, impatience, or selfishness involves more than a little willpower and a few minor changes in our lives. "Lift-off" takes a tremendous effort, but once we break out of the gravity pull, our freedom takes on a whole new dimension.
Gravity pull can work with us or against us. The gravity pull of some of our habits may currently be keeping us from going where we want to go. But it's also gravity pull that keeps our world together, that keeps the planets in their orbits and our universe in order. It is a powerful force, and if we use it effectively, we can use the gravity pull of habit to create the cohesiveness and order necessary to establish effectiveness in our lives.


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