The Goal of Habits

Habits are the cornerstones of our lives.

Building habits requires starting small, focusing on the process, and slow growth.

But habits aren’t the end goal.

The goal is to do these things without thinking. The aim is that they become a natural part of our lives, so we can think about other things.

Fitness, money, clear thinking—these aren’t things we do for their own sake. 

These are what enable us to do other things. 

Being fit enables us to be active, to feel good, and take part in fun activities with friends and family.

Money enables freedom. Freedom to choose how we spend our time, who we spend it with, and where we direct our attention.

Clear thinking enables good decisions, so we can do important work and improve the world around us.

The aim of habits is not the habits themselves. 

Habits enable the rest of our lives.

How do you know when to stop working on a habit? When do it without thinking.

You can stop worrying about fitness when you’re naturally active and eating well.

You can stop thinking about money when you have it.

You can stop worrying about clear thinking when it’s your default state.

These will always need a little maintenance, but the end goal is spending less time on them, not more.