Episode 9 – Habits 4 of 4

Book

  • Atomic Habits By: James Clear
  • An atomic habit is a practice or routine that is small and easy and a component of a system of compound growth
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  • Bad habits repeat themselves because you don’t have the wrong system in place to change them.
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  • Small changes seem unimportant at first but consistency will result in compound results like interest
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  • Habits can be seen as the compound interest of self-improvement (1% better example)
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  • To get better results focus on the system instead of setting goals
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  • You will get better results if you focus on who you’ll become instead what you want to achieve.  
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  • Four laws of Behavior change
    • make it obvious
    • make it attractive
    • make it easy
    • make it satisfying.
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  • Environment shapes human behavior
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  • Outcomes are a lagging measure of your habits
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  • Time magnifies the margin between success and failure. It will multiply whatever you feed it. 
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  • Good habits make time your ally. Bad habits make time your enemy
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  • When you finally break the Plateau of Latent Potential, people will call it an overnight success
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  • Changing our habits is challenging for two reasons: 
    • trying to change the wrong thing
    • trying to change habits the wrong way 
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  • It is a simple two-step process:
    • Decide the type of person you want to be
    • Prove it to yourself with small wins
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  • Becoming the best version of yourself requires you to continuously edit your beliefs, and to upgrade and expand your identity.
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  • The process of behavior change always starts with awareness. You need to be aware of your habits before you can change them
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  • We tend to imitate the habits of three social groups: 
    • the close (family and friends)
    • the many (the tribe)
    • the powerful (those with status and prestige).
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  • Every behavior has a surface level craving and a deeper underlying motive
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  • Habit formation is the process by which a behavior becomes progressively more automatic through repetition
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  • We will naturally gravitate toward the option that requires the least amount of work
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  • Using technology to automate your habits is the most reliable and effective way to guarantee the right behavior
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