I often drink two glasses of wine at night. For years, I’ve been trying to stick to one glass. I think I want the second, but the reality is that it just makes me tired and less productive.
Atomic Habits is literally helping me achieve my goal. The following idea is one that really impacted my behavior.
First, Clear emphasizes the power of 1 percent improvements, that tiny habits are the building blocks of big results.
Next, instead of focusing on a goal i.e. “I will lose ten pounds” or “I will only drink one glass of wine each day,” Clear focuses on the process, on who you wish to become.
“Many people begin the process of changing their habits by focusing on what they want to achieve. This leads us to outcome-based habits. The alternative is to build identity-based habits. With this approach, we start by focusing on who we wish to become.”
So now I say to myself, “I’m the type of person who values good health and productivity” rather than “I’m only going to drink one glass of wine.” Because as we all know, when we set a goal of trying not to do something, it’s pretty easy to do it anyway.
This is book is chocked full of actionable advice and inspiration. LOVE IT!