I’ve always been a goal-setter, especially at the beginning of a new year. I love to make a list of lofty but achievable goals that inspire and motivate me.
The problem is, I never take the time to establish a system of daily, repeatable habits that will help me to actually achieve my goals. I simply hope the goals themselves will be enough motivation to cause me to take action every day. That never works.
So, when I stumbled upon Atomic Habits by James Clear, I was excited to get this book and dive in. And man am I glad that I did! This book is filled with so many great ideas, insights, and tips to help you develop good habits and eliminate bad ones.
Clear does a masterful job of explaining his four laws for creating a good habit:
1) Make it obvious
2) Make it attractive
3) Make it easy
4) Make it satisfying
And he also inverts each law to provide additional help in breaking a bad habit:
1) Make it invisible
2) Make it unattractive
3) Make it difficult
4) Make it unsatisfying
Here are a few nuggets that really stuck with me:
Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement. Try to get 1% better everyday. At the end of a year, you’ll be 37 times better!
We don’t rise to the level of our goals; we fall to the level of our systems.
Habits are not a finish line to be crossed; they are a lifestyle to be lived.
Success is the product of daily habits–not once-in-a-lifetime transformations.
Your outcomes are a lagging measure of your habits. You get what you repeat.
I also recorded a recent plug for the book that you can watch here:
If you are looking for a resource that will help you develop a system for improving your habits, go get this book. I couldn’t put it down, and I didn’t want it to end.
I look forward to continuing to unpack the material and dive into James’ weekly writings. I encourage you to do the same!
Are you living your purpose and passion? Are you fully alive? Are you willing to take a risk to step out in faith and do what God is calling you to do?
My guest, Troy Ismir, asked himself these questions and in 2017, to took a leap of faith by leaving Florida and a six-figure career to pursue his passion of starting a fitness ministry in Colorado. Since then, he has impacted numerous lives through his classes, coaching, and online content.
If you want to get fired up and motivated about living your best life and becoming fully alive, then follow Troy. He will motivate and inspire you!
You can learn more about his ministry HERE and listen to his Spiritual Warriors Unite podcast HERE.
Recently I had the opportunity to interview Robbie Harper of Blue Bridge Public Relations on my Leading Well Podcast, and we talked about his journey of stepping out on his own, taking a risk, and pursuing what he has felt called to do. It was an inspiring and insightful conversation.
If you’ve been feeling held back by your career, like you are not where you are supposed to be, or if you are doing work that is unfulfilling, then this interview could be helpful to you.
And if you have already taken that leap of faith to pursue your purpose and do what you feel called to do, then this interview will probably be an encouragement to you.
Life is short, and finding purpose and meaning in our work is often elusive. This is due in large part to our unwillingness to take risks and put ourselves out there beyond our comfort zone. I am inspired by Robbie’s willingness to lead the way in showing us what it means to step out in faith.
As we near the end of the first quarter of 2019, it’s a great time to pause and reflect on how you are progressing on your goals for the year. It’s so easy to give up on your goals when you don’t feel like you’re making progress, but taking some time to reflect and recommit is so important. Even if you are making small strides, you need to celebrate and build on that.
Otherwise, you can easily talk yourself out of staying the course. You might just throw in the towel and convince yourself it’s not worth it. Sometimes we’re more comfortable with where we are today because doing the hard work to actually achieve our goals in the future can be uncomfortable.
Don’t give up! Stay committed and focused on pursuing the goals you set for yourself. You set them for a reason. You just have to remind yourself why!
Here’s a brief podcast I recently recorded on this topic to help encourage you.
I recently had the opportunity to interview Jennifer Fonseca, the Destiny Activator, on my podcast. She shared some amazing thoughts and insights on purpose, destiny, and living with passion! She also gave us some invaluable tips on resume writing and career advancement.
You can watch the interview below, or listen to the episode here. Check it out! You won’t be disappointed. In fact, you’ll be inspired!