Replacing habits

The key to getting better is building better habits.

When you’re young, it doesn’t matter as much which you replace, because most of what you do is stupid. As long as you’re introducing good habits, you’re fine.

As you get older, you have to be more careful. The space you fill with new habits pushes out existing habits. You have to be careful you’re not pushing out good habits. Otherwise, you’re trading good habits, not building them.

The key is to keep the good habits and trade out the bad ones. This seems obvious in print but can be a real challenge in practice. Time is full. Respect that. Replace on purpose.