Conventional wisdom holds that motivation is the key to habit change. Maybe if you really wanted it, you’d actually do it. But the truth is our real motivation is to be lazy and to do whatever is convenient.
If you want to master a habit, the key is to start with repetition, not perfection. You don’t need to may out every feature of a new habit. You just need to practice it.
To shape our habits successfully, we must know ourselves. We can’t presume that if a habit-formation strategy works for one person, it will work just as well for anyone else, because people are very different from each other. this goes for most of life. Just because it works for me doesn’t mean it will work […]
Put up with the discipline long enough to turn it into habit, and the journey feels different. Lock in one habit so it becomes part of your life, and you can effectively ride the routine with less wear and tear on yourself. The hard stuff becomes habit, and the habit makes the hard stuff easy.
Success is actually a short race — a sprint fuelled by discipline just long enough for habit to kick in and take over.