The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.Confucius
In an era of religion, science, conspiracy theory, and outright media sabotage. what is even worth believing in? People cry out for answers to all of life’s most difficult questions, but with such a limited timeframe in a person’s life, no one has the time to simply sit and ponder the mysteries of the universe. Despite this, there are three things that people do respect since they carry results with them wherever they go when encountering others. Those three things that everyone can universally place their faith in are actions, habits, and character. No matter what someone claims to believe in, all anyone has time for is WHAT PEOPLE DO. Without actions, you cannot have good habits. Without good habits, you cannot build good character, and without a good character, one cannot have a destiny worth writing about. Seeing where we’re going with this discussion, let’s start with the first subject in this conversation: Actions.
What determines how you deal with someone on a regular basis? Do you try to determine their beliefs that you may never be given the opportunity to explore? No. There is only one immediate thing that determines how you interact with others or any given situation. Action. A person’s actions determine far more than anything they say they believe in. You can usually trust actions because seeing is believing. The same can be said of you because your actions will often determine what your habits will be. Actions are the first step in creating a lifestyle. Without action there is no forward movement in any direction in a man or woman’s life. A person’s actions are the viewer’s first impression of them. No one will try to pick the brain of a person trying to attack them in an alley for their religious beliefs or their backstory. All anyone would have time for is to react to their action. Any action repeatedly done over a period of time eventually leads to habits.
First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not.Octavia Butler
If one was told to define what is a habit, the easiest definition would be that a habit is simply the same actions done repeatedly over a period of time. Actions can be performed only once. Habits are repeated actions and build over time for better or for worse. We live in a society where people are encouraged to live for momentary pleasures. Buy this latest product. Drink this brand of alcohol. Drive that car. It seems that the modern era wants your face on the TV or on Twitter at all times arguing with strangers instead of engaging in productive habits like financial planning. stocking up on food and supplies, staying healthy and working out, or even writing a blog worth reading. The blessing and curse of habit is that habits are hard to break. Developing good habits will help you maintain good habits since they become etched in your routine. The things one does regularly becomes a person’s character over time.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.Helen Keller
If habits become character, then it is in your best interest to develop habits that will make people admire your personal character. One’s character is eventually the destiny of a person’s life. There are people who decided to give up and just let themselves go using COVID-19 as an excuse. There are others who try to find solutions to the problems they currently face as a result of everything going on in the world. None of us are perfect and should not expect to be, but each and every person on Earth has a responsibility to try and be better than they were yesterday. Media encourages the general public to be complacent. It encourages us to simply consume when it is far better to create. Even writing a blog is far better than simply drinking and watching TV because it takes character to create. Character is what separates great people from mediocre ones. The shallow may remember one’s possesions, but better men remember how one gained said possessions in the first place. The world can take away any possessions you own, but they can never determine the character you create. The only things you truly own are your own actions, habits, and character.