BY JEFF REDMON/BREAKTHROUGH IMPACT GROUP
“Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement.”
James Clear in his Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improvement — every single day. Clear shares practical, actionable strategies that tell you exactly how to form good habits, break bad habits, and master the little, seemingly infinitesimal behaviors that yield remarkable results.
Ever started an exercise program that required 6 days a week, an hour a day? How’d that work for you? Clear shares the story of the guy who ultimately lost and kept over 100 pounds. He started by going to the gym and staying no more than 5 minutes. He mastered the art of showing up. On that he could build a habit of working out with more intensity. How much of our lives are built on just showing up? Motivation and positive intentions may work for a while but what can you do with consistency even on your worse day.
How does your environment impact your behaviors? You say you want to watch less TV but most of our living room chairs face the TV. Clear tells how little changes can help support good habits. By making water more obvious in the cafeteria, a hospital increased water sales by 25% and decreased sodas by 11%. Just by changing the environment.