The power of familiarity: How to break bad habits and build better ones

Michael Bright
4 min readMar 4, 2021

In a previous article, I wrote about how making the unfamiliar familiar is how you do the impossible. The truth is though, there are a few impossible things in the universe, according to physics. But there are so many possible things that you’d never really have the time to miss the truly impossible ones.

So, what are these possible things? Basically, anything you can think of, and want, reasonably: break bad habits, build better ones, quit an addiction, find love, make a lot of money, acquire new personality traits, get yourself out of a toxic environment and situations if your wellbeing is gravely affected, wriggle yourself out of a bad mental and emotional state, etc.

Possible or not, here I come

Not long ago, I decided to delete the word impossible from my dictionary and use want instead. Not long after that, I also decided to delete the word difficult, and use possible in its place. I started focusing on what I truly want, not limited by what I feel is actually reachable. I also wouldn’t decide to go after something or not, based on its difficulty level. I’d focus on possibility instead. After all, what I’d learn if I do the difficult, I wouldn’t be able to learn doing the easy. But it’s also okay to do the easy: it would save time.

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Knowing is not enough, must be familiar too

Here, the keywords are: common, day-to-day, ordinary, accustomed. These are some words that apply to familiar but not to know. Familiar and know are synonyms but they have these subtle differences. You may know something but if you’re not familiar with it, you’ll struggle to pull it off every single time.

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Michael Bright

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