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To break an old and undesirable habit, two things are helpful. First, take a vow, make a pledge before someone whose spiritual authority you respect or someone who is spiritually more advanced than yourself. Second, let yourself be carried as far as possible on the momentum of the first great tide of enthusiasm for the new resolve, into doing something about it, into visible and practical result.

-- Notebooks Category 2: Overview of Practices Involved > Chapter 1: Ant's Long Path > # 52

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