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Occasionally, after an “Aha” moment, we enjoy a few weeks of newfound enthusiasm and ease. But much more often, we return to old patterns without ever deciding to.
This is a pretty common human pattern, especially for self-improvement hobbyists. The epiphany’s afterglow fades.
The missing ingredient in dissolving old behaviors is a daily practice
To start living in a new way, we need practice — some way to gain experience noticing the moments when we’re about to do thing A, and then do thing B instead, even while it’s still exceedingly easy and comfortable to do thing A.
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