In “The Greatest Salesman in the World”, Og Mandino tells us in Scroll 1, “the only difference between those who fail and those who succeed, lies in the difference of their habits”. He goes on to say, “good habits are the key to success and bad habits are the unlocked door to failure”.
He decided thus, the first law to obey, which precedes all others, is that I will form good habits and become their slave.
He also says that, “as a child, I was a slave to my impulses; now I am slave to my habits, as are all GROWN MEN. I will surrender my free will to the years of accumulated habits and the past deeds of my life have marked out a path which threatens to imprison my future. My actions are ruled by appetite, passion, prejudice, greed, love, fear environment, habit and the worst of these tyrants is habit. Therefore, if I must be a slave to habit, let me be a slave to good habits. My bad habits must be destroyed and new furrows prepared for good seed. I will form good habits and become their slave”.
Few of us have ever given any thought to our habits. We never considered the important part they play in our lives.
For example, during our working days, for those of us who have retired, we got up at basically the same time each morning, had basically the same meal, and traveled to our workplace, usually by the same route. Once we arrived there, we preformed basically the same duties today that we did yesterday, and usually from route memory. We did the same thing for so long our bodies could perform the task without our minds being involved.
This is why Og could say, I will surrender my free will to the years of accumulated habits and the past deeds of my life have marked out a path, which threatens to imprison my future.
This is true, because he was in the habit of doing things in a certain way without any mental input.
As we look back over our lives, how many of us can see how our habits have ruled our lives? We have taken actions without really thinking if they were the best actions for us to take. We never considered the fact that we could be happier if we were involved in some other occupation, hobby, or some other pastime.
When Og was a teenager, he wanted to be a writer. When he was discharged from the military, the only job he could find was in sales, something that did not suit his personality. The result is he became an alcoholic, lost his family. and considered taking his own life. So, when he talks about his past actions threating his future, this is the image he was faced with. He could have continued down that path or he could make some changes.
He realized if he was going to produce a favorable result in life, he was going to have to take a different path, and the result would depend on the habits he formed.
Og was faced with the same challenges we are face within our lives, controlling our thoughts. We have a few thoughts each day, but we repeat them thousands of times, and they are often the thoughts that present us with the least resistance. Once we elevate our thinking to a higher level, one which requires us to move a little out of our comfort level, we will find that the air is really clearer up there and our thoughts are more productive and beneficial.
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