The Power of Habit – and Changing Habits When We Need To
In becoming more skillful in meeting the disappointments, difficulties, and even disasters of our lives more resiliently, we want to use our brain’s neuroplasticity to rewire old patterns of response that no longer work so well, and learn new skills that become new habits – practices our brain automatically goes to without having to consciously think about it. Here are some reminders about the power of habit – in wholesome and unwholesome directions.
A habit is something you can do without thinking – which is why most of us have so many of them.
– Frank A. Clark
Ill habits gather by unseen degrees –
As brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.
– John Dryden
Habits are at first cobwebs, then cables.
– Spanish proverb
The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.
– Samuel Johnson
In any family, measles are less contagious than bad habits.
– Mignon Mclaughlin
The second half of a man’s life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half.
– Fyodor Dostoyevsky
If your don’t watch out, putting on your unhappiness in the morning can become as instinctive as putting on your clothes.
– Robert Brault
The unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to give up than bad ones.
– Somerset Maugham
Habits are formed by the repetition of particular acts. They are strengthened by an increase in the number of repeated acts. Habits are also weakened or broken, and contrary habits are formed, by the repetition of contrary acts.
– Mortimer J. Adler
Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.
– Mark Twain
A bad habit never disappears miraculously. It’s an undo-it-yourself project.
– Abigail Van Buren
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
– Jim Rohn