Why You Want to Cultivate Good Habits
For me this page is about much more than growing plants: it’s about sharing some of my experiences as I continue on my path to seek growth as a human being.
One person that has been a recent source of inspiration for me is Jordan B. Peterson, whose online lectures have rekindled my interest in … well, just about anything that helps us make sense of the world (seriously, go check the dude out).
Anyway, as I watched one of his lectures this morning, he touched upon the neurological processes that take place in our brain as we develop our habits: the physical make up of our brain actually changes as we develop these habits (its kind of like exercising a muscle) and the stronger the habit, the more permanent the change.
I guess the Ancient Greek and Romans were onto something when they said “habits change into character” (Ovid) or that “excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit” (Aristotle).
While this is maybe nothing new to some of you, for me the mention of the actual physical change happening in our brain serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of cultivating healthy, positive, constructive habits. Because at the end of the day, if our habits ‘become’ our character we better make sure that these habits are positive, productive and fulfilling, so that we can eventually see them turn into long term growth.
Keep growing y’all 🌱
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