What it’s about…

Habits can serve us when they help us to achieve our goals. But they can also hold us back from getting where we need to get to. In Atomic Habits, the author James Clear builds on another great book about this topic (The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg) and delves into what causes us to develop habits in the first place. And then most importantly he discusses what he considers the four steps to build excellent habits. Use the Action Log below to deliberately practice the key takeaways from Atomic Habits.

Some of the top actionable content covered in this episode are things like focussing on getting 1% better every day. This one makes sense because being excellent at something is not one big gesture or event but a series of steps with pitfalls and potholes. It is the definition of 2 steps forward, 1 step back. Clear also talks about the process for how habits are formed. A habit follows these 4 points below. And it is these 4 points that lead to the 4-step process to create useful habits for yourself.

  • Cue – trigger to act
  • Craving for state change
  • Response/action
  • Reward

He gives simple and yet powerful examples of how we are all slaves to our habits. Think about your morning routine. That routine follows those 4 points above. Your alarm goes off (cue), you hit snooze (state change – beginning of waking up process), eventually you get up (action) and if you are doing it right you won’t be late for work (reward).

Being new to management or to a leadership role means that you have an opportunity to consider the type of habits you want to build. You can use this episode combined with the action log to deliberately practice the key takeaways from Atomic Habits by James Clear.

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