Habit

"Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather we have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle, paraphrased.


Realizing what changes to make in life is the easy part. The hard part is changing habits.

The ability to end some habits and begin new habits is required, in order to succeed at changing. We all have this ability, being determined is a good way to utilize it.

If you decide to adopt this system, be determined and patient.

I told myself "I'm walking in a marathon, not running in a sprint race. I don't need to finish first; I need to be patient and simply finish." I needed to practice categorizing things in my life and sticking to the rules of the categories, every single day, if I was to enjoy life more. Now it takes no serious effort; it's become a habit. It took years, but I was patient and persistent.

A study of people considered to be experts determined those whom made it a habit to continually analyze what they did wrong, adjust their techniques, then work arduously to correct their errors are those whom became experts.

Quote: "New research shows that outstanding performance is the product of years of deliberate practice and coaching, not of any innate talent or skill." 

Quote: "What consistently distinguished elite surgeons, chess players, writers, athletes, pianists, and other experts was the habit of engaging in “deliberate” practice—a sustained focus on tasks that they couldn’t do before."

Because it is such a fundamental part of human nature, habit is its own form of legal evidence.