February 11, 2023

You are Your Actions

What do you do everyday? What are things you repeatedly do?

Do you exercise? Journal? Do you finish all your tasks, make good on your promises, get things done? Do you track your expenses to make sure you remain financially secure? Do you eat fruits and vegetables in every meal?

Whatever you choose to do everyday determines the kind of person you are today, and the kind of person you will be.

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."

- Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers

(That quotation is usually attributed to Aristotle, but it was actually Will Durant who wrote it, when he talked about Aristotle in his book.)

Excellence is a habit. All virtues are habits.

We nurture them within us through action.

For integrity, we must always be truthful and just in our words and actions. For temperance, we must always practice self-control and discipline. And for excellence, we must always strive for greatness in whatever we do—in our work, in our relationships, and even in our hobbies.

The virtues that we wish to cultivate should become our way of life.

Again, I ask you: What do you repeatedly do? Because you become those things. You are those things.

Is that the person you want to be?