I don’t know if you’ve seen this–it’s pretty popular, but I just really liked it:
Beware of your words, they become your actions.
Beware of your actions, they become your habits.
Beware of your habits, they become your character.
Beware of your character, it becomes your destiny.”
To me it just makes so much sense–and it’s how we can either get ourselves on a track for successful living or potentially into some pretty big trouble:
Utter the thought (in word) and it begins to take form–blah, blah, blah.
Put that thought into action, and now–boy oh boy–what have you done?
Repeat once, twice, three times, and you have a habit–or in Jewish tradition a “Chazakah,” something firm or established–think of it as, you’re hooked.
Habits sure as heck breed character–and don’t pretend otherwise…
And your character is your calling card with others and ultimately with G-d.
The good thing is that we have 5 steps to intervene–to gain control over where we are going with our lives.
And we can turn things around, at any time.
– Clean up your mouthpiece.
– Act with kindness.
– Repeat only the things you want to ingrain.
– Guard your character through regular monitoring and course correction.
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