If we rob the office from a highlighter, most of us don’t feel too badly about that. But then you add minutes to your time card and take coffee without ever replacing it. And on and on and on. Until one day, you’ve realized you have done something you are not proud of. Something not in line with who you are.
At some point, something happens that shakes us that we know we have behaved poorly. What happens is we forget to make decisions along the way because we have already made the justification before. As a result, we are not making a decision each time we steal something.
That’s the danger of routines. You are not actually thinking, you are just following through on a decision previously decided. These decisions send us down paths before we realize this isn’t a path we want to be on.