Our habits can either make us successful or make us become a failure in life.
With a little change of magnitude or a change of a small degree of an airplane’s nose direction, the destination of the airplanes will change significantly thus it will arrive to a different location from it was originally planned. Same goes to our life, by changing our daily behaviours and habits, the long term impact will be significant.
In a corner of one of the NBA teams San Antonio Spurs’ locker room, there is a framed quotation from a Danish-American social reformer Jacob Riis.
“When nothing seems to help, I go back and look at the stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it — but all that had gone before.”
Sometimes when we go to the gym, we do not see the immediate result where our muscle started to grow in a day or two, not even a week. However, if we keep working out at the gym, the result will gradually appear from our body shape, extra energy and improved health from the work out we have been doing.
Many people is too easy to stop pursuing their goals as they do not see the quick result. Hence, research shows that only 5 – 8% of people are successful in life, some experts claimed the figure is even less percentage than that.
When I decided to take action and start investing my money into the sharemarket at year 2016, I can see my investment portfolio started to grow, I didn’t start with much money to invest. I started with $500 and I tried to top it up every month.
Today, my share portfolio has grown in a rate of about 34% per year. The key is to start now. Either investing or changing your bad habits to the good. Like Nike says “Just Do It!”.
There’s a story about the 2 wolves that live inside us. An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”
He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
The moral of the story is that, we have to start feeding our good habit so it can take charge of your life and getting rid of the bad habit slowly. Make your life busy by learning something new, something useful which can shape your destiny, something that can make a huge impact to the people around you, read books, find a mentor, starve the evil wolf inside us.
Our life condition will not change overnight, but like the stone-cutter, if we start taking the small steps and persistent, the rock that has been blocking our way to success will eventually break.
What actions and habits are you going to start now?