Oct 19th daily stoic on habit

“Since habit is such a powerful influence, and we’re used to pursuing our impulses to gain and avoid outside our own choice, we should set a contrary habit against that, and where appearances are really slippery, use the counterforce of our training.”

—Epictetus, Discourses, 3.12.6

Do you find yourself doing things on auto pilot? Most of us walk around looking like zombies. Habit is a routine of behaviour govern by a set of operating system software.

Let me give you an example, I recently installed stoic operating system, freshly and tried running for one week. Sometimes, I read a passage or two from book. Perhaps after one month, I have established a behaviour to allow me to seek the action automatically.

That’s habit and that’s routine. Notice those that is not good for you and use good ones to gradually replace it.

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