First coffee, then forming positive habits

“Pay attention to the areas of your life that you’re not so thrilled about, figure out which bad habits helped create them and trade those habits in for some good ones. Form the kind of habits that successful people have:

good time-management habits
good decision-making habits
good thought habits
good health habits
good relationship habits
good work habits

Think of what behaviors would make the biggest positive changes in your life (maybe even the kinds of changes you can hardly imagine coming true) and set about turning them into habits.” – Jen Sincero

Form the kind of habits that successful people have.

Well, yes. But also, and most importantly, the kind of habits that resonate with YOU and the kind of person YOU want to be.

Why do I say this?

Well, maybe waking up at 5AM is not your thing… maybe reading is not your thing… maybe going to the gym is not your thing…

If that’s the case, you have to figure out WHAT your thing is and WHO do you need to be in order to form powerful habits that support your growth (not someone else’s version of growth, but yours!)

To help you with those WHAT and WHO questions, the tool of this week is an interview with James Clear, author of the book Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results.

Think about what small changes you can start making today in order to become a better version of yourself (emotions, learning, work, nutrition, movement, purpose, relationships…).

“Every action you take is like a vote for the type of person you want to become. And so, the more that you show up and perform habits, the more you cast votes for being a certain type of person. The more that you build up this body of evidence, that hey, this is who I am…” – James Clear

Tool of the week: The Right Way to Form New Habits

“James Clear, entrepreneur and author, says that the way we go about trying to form new habits and break bad ones — at work or home — is all wrong. Many people, he says, focus on big goals without thinking about the small steps they need to take along the way. Just like saving money, habits accrue compound interest: when you do 1% more or different each day or week, it eventually leads to meaningful improvement. So if you’ve made a resolution for the new year or have an idea for how to propel your career forward at any time, these strategies will help. Clear is the author of the book Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results.”

You can listen to the interview and/or read the transcript here: The Right Way to Form New Habits (audio is 26:43 min).