“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~ Aristotle / Will Durant
Defined broadly, a habit is a behavior that one performs regularly. Habit behaviors happen automatically, revolving around a learned association between a cue and a response. Habitual behaviors are associated with lesser awareness, reduced stress, and a greater feeling of control. In the early 20th century, habits were considered “a more or less fixed way of thinking, willing, or feeling acquired through previous repetition of a mental experience.” However, we now know that habits are not fixed – with the right tools, we can change our habits to better suit our goals.
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