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He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator.
-- Francis Bacon


Monday, November 8, 2021

Better alternative

Are there certain habits or behaviors that lead your life in a negative direction? Come up with positive and compelling alternatives to them.

Whenever you attempt to not do some particular thing, the attempt is likely to fail. That’s because you focus on the undesired action, and your very focus pushes you toward that action.

A more effective strategy is to wholly replace the unwanted action with something completely different. Make it so you don’t even have to think about whatever you’re seeking to avoid.

You are intended for action, built for action, experienced at taking action. So put all that to good use.

Rather than deny yourself action, improve the quality of your actions. Instead of pushing to avoid a bad habit, replace it with a beneficial habit that makes you completely forget about the old one.

Give yourself a better alternative. And you won’t even think to miss the negative behavior you’ve given up.

— Ralph Marston

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