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"Men desire novelty to such an extent that those who are doing well seek a change just as much as those who are doing badly." - Machiavelli.

I read this in the book, Atomic Habits, where James Clear is using this quote to reinforce the fact that those who succeed at forming and maintaining strong habits are ones that endure and embrace boredom, ones that show up and do their daily bit even when they aren't as motivated to do so, especially when they aren't as motivated to do so and are seeking some change to beat the boredom. 

This reminded me of the exchange on novelty between Ranbir and Deepika in the movie Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewaani. 

It's in a totally different context, but I do feel there isn't one right answer on novelty.

Machiavelli was spot on and we do crave novelty. 

However, James is also true in pointing out that we need to overcome our novelty seeking behaviour and embrace the routine and at times the boredom to persist and make our habits stick and get better.

One thing that's worked for me is to not look at this in isolation. 

After all, we don't live aspects of our life in isolation, they're all intertwined and play on our moods and affect our behaviours.

I am high on novelty seeking in various aspects - I don't like to repeat restaurants, I like going to new places when I travel, doing new activities for fun. And at the same time, I'm a stickler for routine on several other aspects of my life - writing, reading, workouts, diet, etc.

On balance, there's enough novelty in my days to not make the areas without much novelty to not seem as boring. 

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