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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

4. Personal Habits

Nothing contributes more definitely to an individual's winning personality than his good personal habits. While each human being has his own peculiarities, mannerisms, or idiosyncrasies, they should not be permitted to become glaring bad habits. It does not suffice to say to one-self "Oh that's just a little habit of mine; if they don't like it, it's just too bad." The usual result is that it becomes "too bad" for you! One need never be satisfied to let well enough alone when, with merely a little conscious attention, one can easily correct many deficiencies. One never knows when the smallest detail is observed, such as pulling your ear, twitching your lip, winking an eye, fingering a nostril, pulling your chain, or nervously drumming your fingers on a table, etc. Habits become stronger than nature when we allow them to persist, and sometimes a single habit will mar an otherwise faultless character. As Richard Whately wrote: "Habits are formed, not at one stroke, but gradually and insensibly; so that, unless wigilant care be employed a great change may come over the character without our being conscious of any."

1 comment:

Edmarie and Rita said...

"Habits are formed, not at one stroke, but gradually and insensibly; so that, unless wigilant care be employed a great change may come over the character without our being conscious of any." I like this!