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Week 4 – I Can Be What I Will To Be

This week I discovered how much of a failure I’ve been in my life.

…modern psychology tells us that when we start something and do not complete it, or make a resolution and do not keep it, we are forming the habit of failure; absolute, ignominious failure.  ~ Charles Haanel

OUCH!  This statement really hit home for me…HARD!

I’ve always had a lot of interests…I like to explore new things and activities.  Some I like and stick with.  Some bore me and I quit.

This month I’ve been busy packing boxes to move out of my home for the past 15 years.  I look at all the “stuff” I’ve accumulated.  All the books I’ve bought but never read.  All the courses I’ve started and never finished…

I realized I’ve been a failure up until now.  And the worst part is that I’ve trained myself to be a failure!  I have literally created the habit of failure.

Double Ouch.

Failure And Success Doors. Illustration Design

The good news is, success and failure are created the same way…with our habits.  Sure, I’ve created the habit of failure in the past, but…

I Can Be What I Will To Be

Oh, how I like the sound of that!  This affirmation is a fun one.  Not just the words themselves…I enjoy playing with the emphasis on the words.

I can be what I will to be.
I can be what I will to be.
I can be what I will to be.

The light at the end of the tunnel lies in how we create habits, which is the same way we gain physical strength…EXERCISE!

It’s just like a baby learning to walk.  The first time a baby gets up to walk, he finds it difficult and fails.  The process gradually becomes easier, and the baby learns to walk.  Then the walking becomes automatic.  (Do you remember the last time you had to think about how to walk?  I certainly don’t!)

Since I’m moving, I’ve been patching up the “not-so-pretty” places in my home and adding a fresh coat of paint to get ready for a fresh start on a new chapter of my life.  And that got me thinking about the quote I mentioned earlier…

It’s time for a fresh start with my habits.  Through this course, I’m starting to put patches on my old habits, and giving them a “fresh coat of paint” by creating new, good habits in my life.

Moving, just like personal development, can be daunting at times.  You go through rough patches where you feel like you’re not making any progress, and then BAM!  All of a sudden the clouds have cleared and you wake up refreshed and renewed.

I’m not quite there yet (with either the move or the personal development), but the adventure lies in the journey.

And I Can Be What I Will To Be.