All Good things come from small habits. The seed of every good habit is a daily action, These microscopic changes are the key to your success.James Clear – Atomic Habits
James Clear is a meticulous genius. Reading Atomic Habits is like taking a course, it’s extremely informative, and there’s homework as well. This book is full of scientific facts, and countless examples from CEOs, elite athletes and famous comedians. It’s definitely a no-nonsense guide to fixing you life bit-by-bit. Here are 5 lessons I’ve learned from Atomic Habits by James Clear.
Drop the Labels
Pay attention to the identity distortions you’ve come to believe about yourself such as: “I’m terrible with directions”, “I’m so forgetful, I’d forget my head if it wasn’t attached!” or “I’m always late” Those aren’t facts, they’re labels. We all have them, what stories are you believing about yourself? How is it holding you back? Because it definitely is.
Small Changes Matter
The author refers to Atomic Habits as compound habits, similarly to compound investments, the longer you stick to it, the more you will gain from it. Something miniscule and seemingly meaningless (the other other M&M) could make remarkable changes if you persist. James uses many analogies to help bring this point home including, expecting premium fitness after just one workout, or expecting to be rich by saving just one dollar. It’s the consistent repetitive actions that will get you to your end goals.
Successful people lack motivation too
The difference between a successful person and an unsuccessful person is consistency. Successful people show up on days they feel unmotivated, bored, annoyed or sluggish. You can succeed in creating a new habit, but only if you show up and do the work when it’s inconvenient and unexciting. This book is filled with countless examples of great successes that came from showing up on the rainy days.
This lessons relates very closely to the previous one, boredom is where magic happens! When you begin to adopt a habit, the repetition of it often becomes yawn-worthy. You must learn to be endlessly fascinated by doing the same thing over and over again. Like the karate-kid, anticipate kicking some serious ass because of your beautifully “repetitious” consistency.
Let it Be Easy
To become great, many skills need to be automatic. In order to adopt a new skill, it needs to be doable for you in your current situation. The ‘Atomic’ part of the habit is tiny! I.e: If you’d like to start exercising more, the habit you must develop first is putting on your workout clothing in the morning. Don’t even work out, just let that be the new habit. Once you’ve mastered that, the next habit will be drive to the gym to exercise for 5 minutes. That’s it, just 5 little minutes, see what happens. According to the studies shared in the book, you’re training your mind to go to the gym in a very effective way.
Buy this book, do the work and get the results you deserve. Baby steps young grasshopper.