What are Habits?

Habits are the patterns of actions, behavior and thoughts that occur repeatedly throughout our lives, due to unconscious AND conscious motivations.

“Habit rules the unreflecting herd”, William Wordsworth.

 Relevance

 1 Habits reflect your values and priorities in life.

 2 Habits reflect your intelligence and prudence.

Good habits are intelligent and prudent, such that intelligent habits are efficient and conduct the agent to good aims. Bad habits either lead to bad aims or are inefficient at working towards good goals.

3 Habits contribute (positively or negatively) to your success, happiness and effectiveness in life.

 Habits of highly successful people, for instance,  are not random coincidence. People who have more intelligent habits that are more efficient, and produce more, these habits are the result of hard work and thought.

 Popular Nonsense

 1 False: Habits are purely a result from a person’s inclinations.

Living people have the freedom to choose. This includes making difficult decisions that oppose your inclinations. Therefore, living people can choose paths that go contrary to their inclinations. Individual choices connect to habits. Habits are not purely a result from a person’s inclinations because living people can change habits that go against their inclinations as they can make individual choices that go against inclinations. Do you think that good and intelligent habits are easy? They’re not. And the habits of highly successful people are not accidentally developed. The individual aspects relevant to your life, virtue and efficiency, should be pursued with diligence and good faith.

 2 False: Habits are mere preferences and are not particularly relevant for discussion.

Cents make dollars. Personal integrity requires the small parts and the overarching story arc. Your attention shows your heart. Your habits improve according to your attention. So, your habits reflect a lifetime of refinement, attention and virtue. This means that your habits are no small matter—no mere matter of preference.

 Whether are not you have good habits or bad habits, if you analyze each habit carefully, then you can modify each habit intelligently.

  3 False: Habits are unchangeable, fixed and static.

 Every choice influences habits. You can strengthen or weaken your habits.

Therefore, habits are precisely the parts of your behavior that are changeable.

If you are alive and can make choices, you can change your habits. You can study the habits of highly successful people and form your own understanding of intelligent habits. You can mitigate bad habits and strengthen good habits.

Great Habits Quotes:

If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won’t, you most assuredly won’t. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad. ~Denis Waitley

 First we make our habits, then our habits make us. ~Charles C. Noble

Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become your character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.~ Frank Outlaw or Charles Reade?

The second half of a man’s life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half.  ~Fyodor Dostoevski

Habits are at first cobwebs, then cables.  ~Spanish Proverb

Men’s natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them. ~ConfuciusAnalects

Habit is a cable; we weave a thread each day, and at last we cannot break it.  ~Horace Mann

Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.  ~St. Augustine

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