22 December 2020

Lessons from the book 'Atomic Habits'

I read James clear's "atomic habits' earlier this year. Sharing some notes which re-reading today.

On Motivation

  • We don't lack motivation. We lack clarity.
  • Instead of looking for motivation, create intent. Focus on 'what', 'when' and 'how'. let them propel you forward.

Do the work

  • Reps matter. there are no other shortcuts. Every rep moves you closer to your goal. Don't get stuck on perfecting something.
  • Focus on creating more and more and then focus on improving them.

Power of habits

  • True change comes when you change your identity. Identity emerges from the habits you have.
  • Good habits make time your ally. Bad habits make time your enemy.
  • Every action we take is a vote for the kind of person we want to become.
  • The way to becoming something is by doing something.
  • Use habits to optimize for the starting line, not for the finish line.
  • For habits with long-term implications, create practices to gain short term positive momentum. [checking off the boxes, striking off to-dos, etc]
  • To maintain your momentum, James suggests following the 'never miss twice' rule.
  • Jerry Seinfield referreded to it as 'don't break the chain'.

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