A full lock down on a Sunday was a blessing in disguise for me as I completed the 6th book of the year. His name is James Clear. He can actually introduce himself as "My name is Clear! James Clear" in 007 style. Such was his writing. The book that I read was Atomic Habits. Now I know why this book is in the top 3 list of books for most of my friends. My friend Bragadeesh Prasanna suggested me to read this book a couple of days ago and I must agree that this has been the best book for one main reason - I have already thought of implementing a few ideas from this book to improve my work productivity.
We all make plans. And most of us have New year resolutions. But we fail to accomplish it. Last year I had a goal of hitting the gym and get a chiselled body. I started strong, but after two days, I literally stopped going to the gym. This year I set a goal to complete 100 books and so far I am going strong. But if I don't have a good process and plan, I would not achieve my goal. I have been reserving 4 to 5 hours everyday only for reading. I may reduce this time to 2 hours everyday.
This book is all about the processes and habits that we need to follow in our day to day life and how it helps us get better and better. Look at this picture ( Open image in new window if the text is not clear). When we set a goal, we would expect to grow in a particular way. But in reality the growth process is not a straight line but it has a different curve. The problem is that most of us give up when we go through the valley of disappointment. Once we cross the break even point, there is no stopping us. But the challenge is to cross that point.
𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐩𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐡𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
1 the cue
2 the craving
3 the response and
4 the reward
𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐯𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐰𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐟𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐥𝐚𝐰𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐛𝐞𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞,
1 make it obvious,
2 make it attractive,
3 make it easy by not setting unattainable goals
4 make the reward satisfying through reinforcements
This is definitely a must read book and you should have this book in your library. This book is also one of Soni Shaw's favourite books from 2021
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