Habitual Action Awareness Can Be Critical to Your Success

Adrian S. Potter
3 min readMar 4, 2024

“…so make sure what you do is what you want to be doing.”

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The Secondhand Inspiration Project begins with a motivational quote and ventures wherever the creative path meanders.

Wilt Chamberlain was an iconic figure in basketball history, renowned for his dominance on the court. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he excelled in high school and college basketball before making a significant impact in the NBA.

Standing at 7 feet 1 inch tall, Chamberlain was a formidable force, setting numerous records and earning accolades throughout his career. He is best known for his remarkable scoring ability, athleticism, and rebounding prowess. Chamberlain’s achievements include scoring 100 points in a single game, winning NBA championships, and being named league MVP multiple times.

Beyond basketball, he was also an actor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, leaving an enduring legacy in sports and society. His quote –

“Everything is habit-forming, so make sure what you do is what you want to be doing.”

- has personally been a meaningful piece of advice I have gone back to often, especially when I backslide into questionable habits or start making excuses. Let’s break down its deeper meaning.

“Everything is habit-forming” suggests that our actions — both positive and negative — tend to become habits over time. Human behavior remains largely driven by repetition and familiarity — or as Zig Ziglar wisely once said, “Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment.” When we consistently engage in certain activities or behaviors, they become ingrained in our routines and subconscious patterns.

“So make sure what you do is what you want to be doing” serves as a cautionary message. It advises us to be intentional and mindful of our actions because whatever we repeatedly do will eventually shape who we are and what we become. If we don’t stay deliberate about our choices, we may find ourselves developing habits (or worse yet, addictions) that are misaligned with our goals, values, or desires.

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Adrian S. Potter

Antisocial Extrovert · Writer and Poet, Engineer, Consultant, Public Speaker · Writing about self-improvement, gratitude, and creativity · www.adrianspotter.com