You can be sure in succeeding in your habits if you only build habits which are easy to maintain.
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Sun Tzu, the legendary military strategist, preferred to win without fighting or, at the very least, to win the easiest battles first.
The teachings of Sun Tzu extend far beyond the field of battle because they are focused on finding the easiest way to achieve a specific goal.
In most situations failure is not a result of poor willpower, but a result of poor strategy.
Good military leaders start by winning easy battles and improving their position.
Same goes for starting habits. You should not start new habits in an environment that makes progress difficult.
Becoming better is not simply a matter of willpower or work ethic. It’s also a matter of strategy.
What people assume to be a lack of willpower or an unwillingness to change is often a consequence of trying to build good habits in bad environments.
Like most other things in our life, getting healthy is more about fighting our inner battles - desiring the bad food, wanting to drink and smoke, or forgoing the planned workout.
You cannot win, until you identify who your enemies are. Spot your enemies by sign and patterns. And when you find them, inwardly declare war. Enemies can give you with purpose and direction for growth.
It is a place where we are perpetually reactive to other people’s demands and needs, driven by emotional instead of logical impulses.
We need to escape it and see things objectively and with detachment, from a distance.