Goals vs. System
Let’s face it, successful people and unsuccessful people have the same goals. It’s the systems and strategies you put in pace that makes the difference between the two. “You don’t rise to the level of your goals, you fall to the levels of your systems.”
James Clears book Atomic Habits is the ultimate guide to the WHYs and HOWs of those systems and shows you how you can build your own.
Improvements are only temporary until they become who you are. You are not just going to read a book; you are going to become a reader. You are not going to run a Marathon; you are going to become a runner. Ask yourself, “what kind systems do a person who achieves a goal like the one I set for myself have in place?”
Make bad habits difficult to perform and good habits easy: prep your gym bag the day before and put by the front door. Bring a book everywhere you go. Move candy and snacks from the kitchen to the cellar. Remove the batteries from the remote after watching TV if your struggle with bingeing.
Stack new habits on top existing ones! Example:
“After I brush my teeth, I floss”
“After I finish’s my morning coffee, l journal for 5 min.”
Don’t ask yourself HOW LONG it takes to build a habit but HOW MANY TIMES it takes to build a habit. Start small and get the reps in.
One of the most satisfying feelings is to make progress. Habit trackers and other forms of visual measurements can make your habits more satisfying by providing clear evidence of your progress. “Don’t break the chain”: Instagram is a habit tracker for me (“visual reading progress”) and to keep a streak alive (“posting at set intervals”)
The one-stop-shop for habit building. Get this book!
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