Of all the impediments to spiritual, mental and physical development in the individual, none is more hobbling than faults which were allowed to become habits during childhood and early adulthood. In fact, it is much more difficult to break old, self-destructive habits than it is to form new, constructive ones.
To move forward, you must alternate your work between refining old habits and forming new ones. Just focusing on forming new, “good” habits doesn’t work because you will eventually be undone by the old, “bad” habits. Likewise, simply focusing on cleaning up the “bad” established habits without attending to the expansion of your personal borders will eventually leave you extremely well-prepared for a world that no longer exists.
If your experience is anything like mine, you will typically discover the old habits while taking new ground, learning new things and leaning into the far reaches of your present personal envelope of capability. The “holes” in your character and the “cracks” in your foundational understanding will rear their ugly heads when the pressure comes on…and that is a good thing, for the simple reason that it is much easier to fix a problem when it is in plain sight than when it is hidden from view.