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The Power of Habits: What The Ancients Knew About Making Good Ones & Breaking Bad Ones

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Arete: Excellence

Excellence is something that we have to demonstrate every waking moment of our lives, not something that is done once and then forgotten. Excellence is a way of life and is the operating system inside us which is coded through habits.

Stoics called excellence as Arete.

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There is nothing more powerful and effective as a habit. Our repetition, routine, rituals and daily actions become our habits and eventually define our success and happiness.

Our habits make us survive, thrive and live ahead, even during hard times. Each repeated action we do becomes a hab...

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  • Some of the most successful and happy people are early risers. Waking up early could be the best productivity hack of your life. One does the best work in the morning when the day has just started. There are no distractions, no phones or doorbells ringing and no commotion at home.

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Journaling provides clarity to the mind, provides space to reflect and records one’s thoughts, preparing us for the day.

Journaling is the essence of Stoicism, making one live life with awareness and reflection, instead of living reactively and accidentally.

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The best form of relaxation of the mind can be done anywhere, through reading. Reading relaxes and nourishes the mind, giving it rich fodder to chew, as long as one goes into deep philosophy, history, or biographies of great people, and not the Twitter fights.

Practice reading daily, even ...

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An outdoors walk lets us clear our minds and delve deep into the present moment while being connected with nature and the sunshine. Deep breathing and relaxed pondering while taking a walk is therapeutic.

Friedrich Nietzsche reportedly walked eight hours a day with a pencil and noteboo...

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Actively caring for the welfare of others is an essential part of living, and cannot be ignored. Connecting and deeply loving our friends, kids, spouse, siblings, parents, coworkers and anyone we meet regularly makes life worth living. Love is everything there is in this world, the spiritual glue...

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Epictetus said the right way to eat is in moderation, with restraint, justly and with self-control. Stoicism believes in being fighting fit, ready for anything.

Eating rightly and in moderation makes us healthy and reserves our physical and mental energies in other important areas of ...

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Every night, examine your day and actions, with self-awareness and self-reflection. According to stoicism, this is an essential activity when the day ends.

Observe, reflect, write, analyse, interrogate and take inventory of your words, actions and thoughts. This activity, ...

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Habits are formed by doing something constantly and regularly. The more it is repeated, the more it gains strength.

Trigger, Action and Reward: The process of habit formation is through a neurological loop which starts with a cue, or a trigger(like the time of the day) fol...

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Bad Habits, those you would want to go away, are best eliminated by replacing them with something else.

The only thing that can be replaced in a habit cycle of Trigger, Action and Rewards is the Action, which is always a choice. Replacing the action makes us trick ourselve...

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