This message is from our Stand Together Seminar booklet (now called the Be An Eleven Guidebook to Success) entitled “The Five Power Axioms for Success.”

By Greg Shepard
Published: Summer 1999

Winners Make Goal Choices and Form Positive Habits


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 you do, you may just as well turn over to me.
I will do them quickly and correctly.

I am easily managed, but you must 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; of all great failures as well.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.

I am not medicine, but I work with the precision of a machine,
plus the intelligence of a person.

You may run me for profit, or run me for ruin.
It makes no difference to me.

Take me; train me; be firm with me, and I will lay the work at your feet.
Be easy with me, and I will destroy you!

Who am I ?
I am called HABIT.


Dr. Greg Shepard