We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
August 25th - life is not a soap opera or video game
Some routines and habits are good for us but if we find that we are regularly complaining, we need to make a concerted effort to express gratitude. If we have lapsed into mindless routines, such as snacking or binge watching television, we simply need to insert a new activity into that same time slot, such as walking, reading, praying, or meditating. If you feel more connected to the characters on your shows than your real friends, it might be time to switch things up a bit.
If you don't watch out, putting on your unhappiness in the morning can become as instinctive as putting on your clothes.
If we consciously replace ineffective habits with more constructive ones, we'll feel happier, more peaceful, and energetic each day.
Even if your everyday routines are comfortable and you do okay with them. there are benefits to mixing things up that you don't get if you stick to the same activities month after month. Widely speaking, any time you force yourself to make a change, you encourage your brain to make new connections. Routines can run on idle, but changing our habits force your brain to pay attention.
A bad habit never disappears miraculously. It's an undo it yourself project.
Abigail Van Buren