If you missed last week’s episode, I’m taking some time off for the next month or so and am going to do some abbreviated episodes without the artwork, worksheets or Coffee Talk emails. Welcome to the summer quote series where I’ll share someone else’s little bit of wisdom to to encourage you on a path to growth!
I chose all the quotes last weekend and sat down to write up a few episodes tonight and it just felt flat. But because writers write even when they feel flat, I decided to narrow my focus and switch quotes. So, I asked a regular listener for a theme and she gave me Vince Lombardi. Gotta love my girlfriends who share my love for football, right?
So, for the next six weeks, we’ll see what Coach Lombardi has to offer up. If I was doing this in advance, I’d have read a biography on Lombardi’s life, but the point of this exercise is to buy me some time, not give me another project or book to read. After all, I just cleaned an 18″ high stack of books off my table this morning that I haven’t had a chance to read. So, as much as it pains me, I’m going to ignore context and just deal with the quotes at face value. Here’s the first.
“Winning is a habit. Watch your thoughts, they become your beliefs. Watch your beliefs, they become your words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become your character.”
To pull out the progression in case you missed it, it went like this: thoughts lead to beliefs lead to words lead to actions lead to habits lead to character.
thoughts > beliefs > words > actions > habits > character
Your thoughts are incredibly important. They start the whole progression leading to character. If you want good character, you’re sabotaging yourself if your thoughts aren’t healthy. I’m coming back the morning after I started this and editing before recording. And I’m having a really discouraging day. My thoughts have been more toxic than helpful today. So. That needs to change.
At every step Lombardi says “watch.” Watch your thoughts, watch your beliefs, watch your words…at every step along the way, “watch.” Too many of us waltz (or trudge) through life without evaluating what we’re doing. Without watching any of those things. I’m watching where my thoughts are headed today and it’s straight down a path to defeatism and hopelessness. But, noticing that, I can work at fixing it.
Winning is a habit. We think of it as an achievement. But many of the things that we consider achievements are really the end product of right thoughts.
Where are your thoughts leading you? Is that where you want to go?