Cheryl Knowlton: Hi everybody. Cheryl Knowlton coming at you again today with Clay Johnson. Yay.
Clay Johnson: Hi, guys.
Cheryl Knowlton: Today’s topic is so important, I’m not even going to tell you what it is, but I’ll give you a little clue. As you listen to Clay share this from his brilliant memory, I want you to think about what it is that he is actually talking about, and then we’ll talk about it a little more after he’s done. So Clay, take it away.
Clay Johnson: All righty. So it goes a little something like this. I am your constant companion. I’m your greatest helper or your heaviest burden. I will push you onward or drag you down to failure. I am completely at your command. Half the things you do, you might just as well turn them over to me and I will be able to do them quickly and correctly. I am easily managed. You must merely be firm with me. Show me exactly how you want something done, and after a few lessons I will do it automatically.
I am the servant of all great men and the loss of all failures as well. Those who are great, I have made great. Those who are failures, I have made failures. I am not a machine, though I function with all the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a man. You may run me for profit or run me for ruin. It makes no difference to me. Take me, train me, be firm with me and I will place the world at your feet. Be easy with me and I will destroy you. Who am I?
I am habit, and if you think about it, guys, the habits we have on a daily basis determines what we do all the time. A simple example, you just take your hands like this, lace them together. Notice which thumb’s over which thumb. Hmm. Take it apart, put them back together really quick. You’ll notice it’s the same thumb. Now if you switch, a little awkward, a little uncomfortable.
Cheryl Knowlton: That feels so weird.
Clay Johnson: Yes. We have to do things in this industry sometimes that make us a little awkward, a little uncomfortable, and so but it makes us better when we have positive good habits. You teach so many of those. It’s so fun to watch that, and it’s been fun to be part of that in your classes with you, also.
Cheryl Knowlton: I love that. Yay. So thank you for being here with us today. Think about the habits that you have, both those that are building you and those that are destroying you. Scary to think about. Lots of food for thought, and we will see you next time.
Clay Johnson: See you guys.