Monday, January 15, 2007
The Pernicious Character of Habit
We talked about this a lot, the anti-educational nature of habits and assumptions, but this article by Adrian Savage is an excellent piece. It's entitled "How to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone," and it really is a "how to" as well as a "why" approach to this idea. Here's a brief excerpt.
Over time, we all gather a set of constricting habits around us—ones that trap us in a zone of supposed comfort, well below what our potential would allow us to attain. Pretty soon, such habits slip below the level of our consciousness, but they still determine what we think that we can and cannot do—and what we cannot even bring ourselves to try. As long as you let these habits rule you, you’ll be stuck in a rut.
Go read it now. You'll be glad you did.