You Are What You Repeatedly Do


I love beginning something new. I always have.

For this reason, New Years Day fits me just fine.

What changes can you make for the New Year? Your changes will determine the kind of year that you have. You can read this related post to get ideas about making your future better.

Here are three keys for making your year better.

First, you are the key to your future. Many events can occur which are outside our control. We all know that life can change in a second, but we also know that our decisions will determine most of our future.

You are the most important variable for your future. You can make important decisions which can make your life better and the lives better for the people around you. Remember that how you respond to difficulty will determine how you do with the difficulty. You can read about in “The Most Important Question for Tough Times”.

Second, you will become the sum of your choices. We all know of people who are their on worst enemy by making poor choices. Could the reverse also be true? Could you become your own best friend by making good decisions?

In order to make good things happen, we have to make changes which will make substantive differences in our life.

Finally, you will become what you repeatedly do.

This is one of the great truths of life, and one that you must embrace. Practice evil and you become evil. Practice (do over and over) good and people will notice your goodness.

In this new year, put these three truths together. Recognize that you and your choices will determine most of your future. Pick one area to change and practice the change each day. A great example of this is Ephesians 4:31-32. “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionalte to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” I ask couples to read and practice this. The people who do this always experience a better life and a more satisfying marriage.

You will become what you repeatedly do.

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2 Responses

  1. Thanks for these wise words, Waylon. I’ve enjoyed, been challenged by, and benefitted from your well-thought-out posts since I found your link a couple of months ago. As I contemplated the new year, I thought of an Old Testament Scripture and Paul’s New Testament thoughts in a similar vein, and came up with this wish for my friends and family: “Happy New Thing”! Here are the references: Isaiah 43:18-19; Philippians 3:13-14.

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