What can cause you to succeed or fail?

Here’s something I read in one of Dave Ramsey’s books.  It’s sort of a riddle.

I am your constant companion. I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden. I will push you onward or drag you down to failure. I am completely at your command. Half the things you do might just as well be turned 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 people; 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 human being. You may run me for profit or for ruin – it makes no difference to me.

Take me, train me, be firm with me and I will place the world at your feet. Be easy with me and I will destroy you.

Who am I?

I am your habits.

Now I’m not even going to touch the theological debate on how much free will we have, that’s for another time.  I know, however, that we have the responsibility to make decisions and use our time, money and talents effectively.

Think about how your habits are helping and hurting you.  Remember that something new might be hard just because it hasn’t become a habit yet!

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