“That’s why the philosophers warn us not to be satisfied with mere learning, but to add practice and then training. For as time passes we forget what we learned and end up doing the opposite, and hold opinions the opposite of what we should.” Epictetus, Discourses.


Forming a habit takes place over a period of time, during which the same pattern or routine of thinking or behaving is repeated until it can be performed without conscious thought. Muscles can be honed and bodies trained to adopt a particular posture and in the process the muscles develop their own form of memory. So it is with your thoughts and the brain ‘muscle’ that creates them. Put into practice your values and thoughts, repeat frequently and make your good intentions a habit.