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Excellence isn’t an Act it’s a Habit

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” ¬Aristotle

The most successful people in every sphere of life are people who have developed great habits. They are exceptional men and women because they are intimately acquainted with the “power of habit”. Make no mistake about it, if and when you meet a highly successful individual in any occupation they possess a rigid routine that gives them their edge. As the old saying goes, “there’s room at the top because far too many people are unwilling to pay the price it takes to get there.”

Jesus practiced the power-habit mentality in His own life and ministry. “In the morning, long before sunrise, Jesus went to a place where he could be alone to pray” (Mark 1:35). Jesus practiced the power-habit of communing with His Father. Habits are either our friends or foes. A habit means anything we do more than once becomes easier. Habits are God’s gifts to help us succeed or they are the devil’s allies to help us fail. People of great influence both in the Bible and in our world have always been people of great habits. You can be assured of one thing in the winter Olympics, those who win the gold are men and women of great habits.

What habits are helping or hindering you at this time? What new power-habit will you commit to over the next 21 days?

Just a thought,
Carl

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