I am your constant companion,
I am your greatest helper or your heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.
I am at your command.
Half of the tasks that you do you might just as well
turn over to me and I will do them quickly and correctly.
I am easily managed,
You must merely be firm with me.
Show me exactly how you want something done;
After a few lessons I will do it automatically.
I am the servant of all great people and
Alas 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 work with the precision of a machine
and the intelligence of a person.
Now you may run me for profit or
You may run me for ruin.
It makes no difference to me.
Take me, train me, be firm with me,
And I will lay the world at your feet.
Be easy with me and I will destroy you.
Who am I? I am called Habit
Every competitive skater should read that poem at least three times…..very slowly. There are more nuggets of wisdom contained in it than several hours of figure skating lessons!
To reach your full potential you must be vigilant about the habits that you allow to develop. The problem is that most habits are created without your awareness! Make a decision right now to create habits that will draw you to your most important goals. Write down two habits that you want to possess. For example, warming up for 20 minutes before your first training session of the day. Or, coming up with something positive you learned from each mistake you make.
Secondly, observe the habits of a skater that you really admire. Choose one of her/his habits that you will adopt as your own.
You will be on the path to success when you take charge of your habits!