Developing New Habits
Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” A different way to say this is to fake it until you become it.
Yes, you can change, and leaving incarceration is the perfect time to switch out bad habits for new.
One way to change is to identify the habits you don’t like and develop a strategy to change them.
- For example, you might start cooking healthy meals at home instead of eating unhealthy take-out, or go for a walk or to the gym instead of watching TV.
Another way to change a bad habit is to replace it with a good habit, such as replacing drinking or using drugs with exercise.
- Lifting weights, running, biking—all these activities reward your brain with dopamine, which makes changing a habit even easier.