I don’t believe it’s possible for my grandsons to understand how deeply I love them. It wasn’t until they were born that I began realizing how much my grandparents loved me.

I ran across a quote that isn’t new. I’ve heard it said for as long as I can remember and have seen the same quote attributed to many others, but my research on the net gives me confidence that I’m attributing these powerful words to the correct source.

  • Your beliefs become your thoughts.
  • Your thoughts become your words.
  • Your words become your actions.
  • Your actions become your habits.
  • Your habits become your values.
  • Your values become your destiny.

— Mahatma Gandhi

I’ve written about every line of this quote, in one way or another. It is one of those quotes that sticks with me and I find it to be on both my heart and mind.

Caleb and Noah were in town recently. I find myself being more deliberate with them than I was with my children. I think because I only see them five to six times per year, I watch and listen to them, then try to teach them something useful. I’ll see them again for five days over Thanksgiving. I’m already thinking about some way to give them something they can learn and take home after the holiday. I think the teachings in this quote is it.

Your beliefs become your thoughts. With every cell in my body, I know this to be true. I’ve written dozens of times about the power of your beliefs. I’ll always have someone tell me that they can’t help what they believe, so they have no control — but it’s not true. We are in complete control of what we believe. It’s a choice we make, so always choose to believe that you have the ability and power to determine your destiny, because it’s true.

Your thoughts become your words. What we believe in our hearts and mind, always comes out of our mouths. We all know the negative and positive people in our lives by what they say. It’s no coincidence that the positive people are almost always happier and more successful.

Your words become your actions. And it’s so because what they believe comes out of their mouths and their words become actions. If someone else says it, your mind understands that it might or might not be true, but if you say it, your mind absorbs and believes it.

Your actions become your habits. There are many takes on this, but Zig Ziglar said that if you purposely do something every day for 40 days, it becomes a habit.

Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

Our habits drive our actions and our actions drive our success.

Your habits become your values. This is a column that I’ll address at some point, but the more you do something, the more it becomes part of you.

Your values become your destiny. Our destiny is not up to chance and certainly not up to others. The saying, “If it is to be it is up to me,” comes to mind here, and it’s true. Destiny isn’t something that you sit and wait for. It is something you create, beginning with your belief system.

Moore is a syndicated columnist. Follow him @GaryWMoore721 and at www.garywmoore.com.

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