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?
-John Di Lemme
Habit! I was first introduced to this poem while reading The 7 Habits of Highly-Effective Teens. The power of the ideas presented in this poem is immense. Over the next several weeks, I will focus on the habits that we have that can make us or break us. For now, consider these questions inspired by the poem:
Which habits do you have that are both your greatest helper and heaviest burden?
What habits do you have that need a firm hand to manage?
What personality habits do you need to be aware of that may serve or not serve you?
Have a great week!
John Maxwell Certified Coach, Trainer, Speaker, and DISC consultant
Author: Change? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!?
“They themselves are makers of themselves.” James Allen