Are You Building Atomic Habits?
I recently listened to a Brené Brown interview with James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits, and was struck by its relevance to the Traü Tribe, so I had to share.
What I found particularly relevant was Clear's guidance on habits and how we can better integrate them into our lives. His advice illuminates some very important concepts when it comes to the types of habits we often talk about in this newsletter.
• "You don't rise to the level of your goals, you fall to the level of your systems."
• "A habit must be established before it can be improved."
• Build your habits around the person you want to become.
• There's a big difference between motion and action, planning can be a form of procrastination.
• Start habits with small steps and make them manageable, don't start too big.
A while ago we talked about S.M.A.R.T. goals - Atomic Habits builds on that framework.
I particularly like the story in Part II of the podcast where James references a friend who would drive to the gym, do a 5-minute workout, and then drive home. He was building the muscle of someone that goes to the gym in very small steps. From there, he could build a new version of himself.
If you've fallen off the wagon a bit, take stock of your habits. How can you build Atomic Habits? Small, consistent changes that can make a powerful impact when strung together!