Have you read Atomic Habits by James Clear? It’s fantastic!!! If you haven’t read it yet, I HIGHLY recommend it. He covers how the small things make a big impact in your life and routine – how small habits can bring big success (or take you off course, of course). I found it really impactful to think about which habits you do automatically and evaluate which habits you want to change/improve. The more specific you are when deciding on a new habit, the more success you’ll be. I won’t give away the whole book, but I’ve been trying to implement some new habits and his methodology is really helpful.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes/highlights from the book:
“Success is the product of daily habits—not once-in-a-lifetime transformations.”
So many people think that there will be ‘one big thing’ that gets them to their goals, but that isn’t reality. It’s the small things, adding up over time, that bring transformation.
“With outcome-based habits, the focus is on what you want to achieve. With identity-based habits, the focus is on who you wish to become.”
I hear so many established entrepreneurs talk about how they’ve had to change to become the next version of themselves. I like to think about who I want to become and try to make my actions align accordingly.
“You don’t have to be the victim of your environment. You can also be the architect of it.”
There are so many excuses that we can give when things don’t go our way, but this quote reminds us that we decide what to do about our environment. It’s up to us to change the things that we don’t like.
“Some people spend their entire lives waiting for the time to be right to make an improvement.”
All the waiting around doesn’t get you anywhere. If I waited til everything was perfect I’d never even write a newsletter. 😂 Can I improve it? Definitely. But I choose to do that as I go because otherwise I’d be stuck waiting.
“Goals are good for setting a direction, but systems are best for making progress.”
By now you likely know that I love systems. Being able to create a system, use it and improve upon it is what gets you the most progress.
“You should be far more concerned with your current trajectory than with your current results.”
In the book James stresses that your current state is a culmination of your past habits. If you want something in your life to be different later, you need to make the changes today that support it. BOOM! 🙌