More Than a Feeling: Practical Habits to Form Enduring Change

Interview by
Dr. Chad Prevost
Dr. Shelley Prevost
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In this episode

us. Habits will deliver results one way or the other. Our focus doesn’t just come from getting out our calendars and setting proper weekly and daily goals. It doesn’t emerge from understanding the 80/20 rule.

It comes from the application of principles that elude us because they come from within. What comes from within is less measurable, and often less clear at first. For that matter, it’s scary going within. There are reasons we’ve pushed things into our unconscious.

The key here is the application.

Because our habits are the actions we repeat again and again and again, they reveal our character. You find it in all the ancient greats. Ask Seneca. Consult Marcus Aurelius. Reason through, in this case, Aristotle’s ethics. You could say you can know who you are through your habits because habits also reveal another aspect of ourselves, they reveal our values.

On this week's episode, Chad hits connects the inner to the outer when it comes to living out your values.

What is the Habit Paradox? How do you turn your thoughts and values into sustained action?

Our Discussion

0:31--The idea of applying practical wisdom, to form enduring change

3:22--Contrary to popular belief, willpower is in the body AND mind, but requires energy and isn't enough alone to form a habit

6:30--Our habits and what they reveal

10:31--The way the habit paradox develops

16:28--Why do you know what to do but don't do it?

21:13--Why Aristotle would have called you practically wise if you are able to live out what you value

23:11--Unpacking Aristotle's statement about how the person who has mastered their emotions will ever go back or slip into Akrashia

27:09--Naming the "When"

29:43--Finally answering the "Why"