Creating Atomic Habits

January 25, 2020

I read Atomic Habits by James Clear about 6 months ago and it’s a book that’s stuck with me. I often find myself referring to his ideas in coaching sessions, and checking back in on them myself.

Clear’s argument is simple. Rather than going after big goals, we should instead be focused on making small, incremental changes. Achieving what we want isn’t about making revolutionary shifts, but instead modifying our habits.

Ultimately, the trajectory you are on is more important than where you are today. In other words, your life may be exactly where you want it to be but your current actions are eroding it away OR you might not have achieved what you want, but you will eventually get there because of what you’re doing right now.

So if you are wealthy and have a habit of overspending you are on a worse trajectory than someone who hasn’t much money but is saving weekly or building their earning power.

Are you on track to be the person you want to be?

If you want to figure out if you’re on the right trajectory ask yourself if your habits are aligned with the identity that you want to create for yourself. Is the way you work aligned with your being a leader? Are your exercise habits aligned with someone who is fit and energised? Is the way you treat your partner aligned with someone who has an amazing relationship?

Bottom line, making big changes in your life doesn’t have to involve major upheaval. Rather, by making tiny changes and repeating them over time you can reap big results.

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