The Brotherhood – part 9

The Brotherhood of the Second Cross was established on Father’s Day 2005 where 160 men stood before their wives and children to pledge themselves to purity, self-sacrifice, loyalty, and excellence. Today, hundreds more have joined the commitment.

Old habits die hard.

One of the fascinating realities about being human is the ease with which we can develop bad habits. In fact, somehow we find bad habits far more compelling that good ones. Have you noticed that?

Try establishing an exercise habit and see how easy it is to change your routine in such a beneficial way. For me, I find exercise fun and beneficial, but if I miss a few days, I’m out of the habit and someday only guilt or a bad medical report will send me off to the gym. But, I can skip french fries for a few days and have no problem getting back into that habit at my next meal! Why? Not sure that matters. What to do about it might be a better question to have answered.

Good habits require intent because good choices typically come at  price. We must give something up for a good choice. And, usually the good choices pay off down the road rather than in the moment of the choice. But, the bad habits offer some short term good feeling or stimulation that makes our immediate participation attractive.

Yes, exercise is good for me, but it takes awhile for the benefits to start showing up. The aroma and satisfaction of french fries; however, is virtually immediate. Of course, there are worse habits than french fries, but things work the same way. Glimpses at pornography offer short-term attraction, even though guilt usually follows. But, the long-term benefits of logging off are much greater. The only problem is that the benefits are long-term.

The only way to resolve this challenge, or any other bad habit you’ve developed, is to start trading your short-term satisfactions for the benefits that come down the road. Disciplining your pursuit of instant gratification by making long-term goals your priority is a must. Look for ways to practice this in your spending, your time, and your business pursuits, and maybe the habit will start bleeding over into your efforts to make other good choices.

Remember, in life, winning tomorrow is usually a better plan than trying to win today…

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