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October 4, 2013 / Dale Melchin

The Omnipotence of Persistence (bad side, bad habits) Part One

As human beings we have a sizable number of limits imposed upon us.

  1. Limits of time
  2. Limits of energy
  3. Limits of strength
  4. Limits of emotional tolerance
  5. Limits of Knowledge
  6. Limits of Money
  7. Limits of Wisdom
  8. We do have the ability to expand all of these and increase our efficiency and effectiveness in the use of our time.  But that is for the next post.

With that said, there are at least two things within us that our limitless or omnipotent, our imagination and our ability to persist.  Our imagination, which can be hampered by self imposed limits when we are conditioned to do so and our ability persist in behavior.  It is this second one that I wish to focus on in this post.  At this time, I’m going to be focusing on the dark side of this human ability.  The ability to persist in bad habits.

 

It is our ability persist that hangs us up more often than not.  From the time we are young we are conditioned, as a result we learn certain behaviors and paradigms over and over again until they are unquestioned as a result they drive the direction of our lives.  Our persistence in those habits drives us often to unstated goals that we have in life formed by our paradigms.

 

The problem with this is that when this happens, we aren’t really the one’s driving.  Its the conditioning that is driving.  We are under the imperious curse of bad habit.  That is why even if someone receives repeated warnings about engaging in certain behaviors they keep doing it.  There God given ability has been hijacked and they drive themselves to some form of self destruction or another.  I see it in customers who get told no regarding certain issues on their account.  I see it in fellow employees who persist in doing things that run afoul of expectations that are set by the company.  I see it in people who have been told time and again people who are wiser than they and yet they continue to engage in a mode of life that ultimately leaves them in a state of perpetual unhappiness.

 

Our ability to succeed in life and ultimately our ability to grow as individuals is tied up in our ability size control of this power to persist from our conditioning and our bad habits and use it our own ends.  That is for the next post.

 

Question:  Have you seen this phenomenon before?  Do you see it in yourself?  If so to either question, please elaborate below.

 

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