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Published on November 2nd, 2012 | by Nathaniel

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Your Are Your Habit

The office environment is a prime location for the most intriguing personalities. Everybody’s love-hate relationship with Dwight (Rainn Wilson from “The Office) is not by default. He has a distinct aura- a certain mischievous characterization that makes him uniquely “Dwight”. In addition to the “Dwights” of the office, there are also the “Talking Tracys”- those who you can always count on for a conversation, even if it stifles productivity. There are the “Nervous Nancys”- those who twitch at a simple “Hello”. And then there are the others…You know who I’m talking about. The “Ever-Busy-Bills”. You know, the ones who walk the hallway like the world is about to end? The ones who ride your neck until they get what they need. The ones who mark their emails as important but never reply to yours. You’ve watched these types of people dominate conversations. They’re normally looking at a watch- counting the seconds they spend talking to you. They eat lunch while simultaneously checking emails, chatting on their Blackberry, and having an in-person meeting. Now, if you talk to any “Ever-Busy-Bill”, you’ll see that they’re not just on “fast-forward-mode” in their work life but also in their personal and spiritual life as well.

Now, I have to be honest, if I didn’t recognize the trend early on, I would easily fall in to the category of “The-Ever-Busy-Bill”.  I can be overly time-conscious, incredibly impatient, and incessantly aware of how productive I am. It’s not that I intend to hyper-control things, but it was a behavior I learned early on. And what is learned and applied eventually becomes habit. And the thing with a habit is that it transcends into every aspect of our lives. If you’re manipulative when it comes to business, you’re also manipulative in personal relationships. If you have no qualms about cheating on your spouse, you’re more likely to cheat in business.

What is the point of all this??? How you do anything is how you do everything. What you do repeatedly becomes the vein of who you are. It ultimately becomes the narrative of your life. And not to say, one trait is better or worse than the other- I can just speak from the “Ever-Busy-Bill” perspective and that narrative ultimately leads to a disappointing story because there is no way to control everything.

“Carefully watch your thoughts, for they become your words. Manage and watch your words, for they will become your actions. Consider and judge your actions, for they have become your habits. Acknowledge and watch your habits, for they shall become your values. Understand and embrace your values, for they become your destiny.” –Mahatma Gandhi

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