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The limits of human nature

We cannot assume that we can change our behavior in any way we please, and with enough time, the new behavior will become a habit.

  • Behavior may never become effortless.
  • A habit that requires you to sleep only four hours will eventually make you exhausted.
  • We have a deep need for autonomy, competence, and relatedness. A habit that brushes one of these needs aside won't last.

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