I’d like to introduce you to a book that I think could change your life if you struggle with establishing habits and getting stuff done. I heard about it when I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts – The High Income Business Writing with Ed Gandia. His guest was James Clear, who is an expert on habits and has a training platform called The Habits Academy. During the podcast, they talked about James’s latest book.
The book is called Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones. [Affiliate link]
So often, we think goals are the important part of getting things done. But James Clear says the goals have little to do with the results we see. Instead, it has nearly everything to do with systems. “Goals are about the results you want to achieve. Systems are about the processes that lead to those results” (p. 23). Clear says there are a lot of problems with focusing more on the goals than on the systems.
One of the things that I found helpful in the book is that the author explains how to attach new habits to current good habits. The goal is to make the new habit easy, since we want to do things that feel effortless. The good habits eventually become the cues for new habits.
The book really gets inside the psychology of why and how we change. This applies to so many areas of life: eating, career, writing, fitness, and so on!
I highly recommend Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones if you’re looking for new ideas for breaking bad habits and setting new ones. There is a reason for why some people get stuff done and others just talk about it and wish about their dreams!
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Michelle Rayburn is the author of The Repurposed and Upcycled Life: When God Turns Trash to Treasure, as well as a small group Bible study to accompany the book. Learn more about these and her other books here. A sample chapter of the book and Bible study are available for free download.
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