“Depending on what they are, our habits will either make us or break us. We become what we repeatedly do.”
… Sean Covey
A Story : Habits by DJ
In a small village, there lived a potter. He had a donkey.
Everyday his donkey would carry soil from the field to his house.
Since the field was quite far off, the potter would rest under a tree midway, tying his donkey nearby.
One day, the potter forgot to take the rope with which he tied the donkey every day.
When he reached the tree, he thought, “How do I tie this donkey today? He might run away if I sleep.
“The potter decided to tie down holding the donkey’s ears so that the donkey would not run away.
But this way neither the donkey was comfortable nor the potter was able to take rest.
A monk, who happened to be passing by, saw the potter holding on to the donkey’s ears.
Then the monk wanted to know what the problem of the potter was.
When the potter told the monk what the problem was, the wise monk said, “Take the donkey to the
place where you tie him every day. Pretend to tie him using an imaginary rope. I assure you he won’t run
away.” The potter did what the monk had said.
He left the donkey and went to take a nap. When he woke up, to his surprise and relief, he found the
donkey standing in the same place.
Soon the potter prepared to leave for home. But the donkey did not move. “What is wrong with this
donkey!” exclaimed the potter in frustration.
Luckily, the potter saw the wise monk again. He ran up to the monk and told him about the donkey’s
The monk said, “You tied up the donkey, but did you untie him?” Go and pretend to untie the rope with
which you had tied the donkey.”
The potter followed the monk’s advice.
Now the donkey was ready to leave for home. The potter understood that donkey was the bonded
donkey. The potter thanked the wise monk and went home happily with his donkey.
Habits controls us.
Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconscious
patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character.
The secret of your success is found in your daily routine and habits