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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Aristotle: We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. - Aristotle

You choose what you are by what you do. Are you pleased with the way you spend your time? "Habit" and "diligent practice" both describe the frequent and predictable repetition of activities. The difference lies in whether you consciously choose what you do every day, or you allow your circumstances to control you.

Further reading:
Choose Your Habits, Choose Your Life - 5 Secrets For Breaking Your Bad Habits
Consistent physical structures can allow unbounded intuitive clarity. - Mary Anne Radmacher


  1. Dear Jonathan,
    I quit smoking on Canada Day! So, today, July 2 is Day 2 and the cracings are intense. This reading helped inspire me very much!
    Thank you!!!!!

  2. A habit that has become for me an addiction is watching TV, even to late into the night although I have to get up at 5:00 every morning. I have undertaken a new regime to help me overcome my addiction to food, but TV and late nights are threatening to be my undoing. Can anyone relate?

  3. Of course, I can relate. TV is for me a brain suck, and as I recognize this, I have had a few nights of not watching it -- because it consumes my attention -- and I have become much more calm and productive! I simply made the choice not to turn on the TV, or if I did to turn it off after an hour. Something I read about this TV addiction is to not channel surf. Select a show, watch it, and turn it off. I hope this helps some. TV does encourage mindless munching for me too...but once it is off, that dissipates too. Good luchk!

  4. I've always loved that quote. So true. Except in the rare cases of Mozart and other people.


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