What can we do to avoid falling back into old habits again and again?

Lama Ole’s answer:

The mind is like a huge bowl of pudding: If you hit one side of the pudding, then it takes a while until the other side starts to shake. The impressions we store in mind need some time before they come out again. But you can watch these processes from the outset to train the attitude of wanting to benefit others with the wisdom you’re developing. This way you can help others while helping yourself.

In everything that happens, we can tell ourselves, “Such things happen to all beings. I want to get to the bottom of it all and apply my insights for the benefit of others.” In this way, your biggest difficulties can become your greatest strengths. If you think of yourself you have problems; if you think of others you have interesting work to do. It’s as simple as that! Whoever constantly acts for the best of all beings will be able to do more and more.