We have a powerful but dangerous neurological trait at our disposal.
Habits are how we shape our behaviour to take advantage of our environment.
When we string habits together into routines, systems that help one practice bump energy into the next, we can make sustained progress with decreasing effort over time.
When we ignore our brains’ ability to standardize and repeat tasks, it does it for us, forming routines that take us further away from what we desire; Who we want to be.
Routines are incredibly effective at moving us toward our goals. But by the same mechanism, they are incredibly effective at keeping us away from them.
Routines going nowhere grind us down into a deep hole with steep and slippery sides.
When we choose our habits, the world is our playground.
But if we let our habits choose us, it’s deadly.