Atomic Habits | Let's re-think those resolutions...
Recently my FYP has begun to fill with clips and content from James Clear's book Atomic Habits. Somehow it's one that totally passed me by, and whilst the concept is one I'm familiar with, it's always worth revisiting good advice, especially from someone bringing a fresh perspective, which is exactly what James has done for me with this book. I've also hooked you up with a totally FREE copy of the audio book ( I know, I know, I'm very much the most awesome blog writer).
Clear's book offers a unique and practical approach to habit building, focusing on small, incremental changes that can lead to big results over time. He breaks down the science of habit formation and offers actionable strategies for creating and maintaining good habits, while also addressing the obstacles that can derail progress.
One of the key takeaways from "Atomic Habits" is the idea of "identity-based habits." Clear argues that the most effective way to create a new habit is to focus on how it aligns with your sense of self. For example, rather than just trying to "run more," think about how becoming a runner aligns with your identity as an active and healthy person.
For example, instead of just setting a goal to "hike more," think about how becoming a hiker aligns with your identity as someone who loves the outdoors and seeks out new challenges. By focusing on the identity-based aspect of your habit, you'll be more motivated to stick with it in the long-term.
Clear's book is also filled with practical tips for overcoming common obstacles to habit formation, such as procrastination and lack of motivation. He also addresses how to handle setbacks and how to make progress in the face of uncertainty.
If you're looking to take your habits to the next level and make the most of your outdoor and adventure pursuits, "Atomic Habits" is definitely worth a read (or listen!). Clear's approach is easy to understand and implement, and can help you achieve your goals in a sustainable and satisfying way.
One of the best shifts in perspective for me personally, has been for example, if you want to get to the gym and workout in the morning, don't make that the habit. Aim to get into your car every morning (if you drive to the gym of course), once you're there, you'll get to the gym no problem and workout. BUT GET TO THE CAR, that's the hardest part, whilst also, the easiest part. As promised, I've sorted you out with a free copy on Audible, although if you fancied something else just click the banner below, and not only will you get the 30-Day Free Trial, but you'll also be able to get your hands on 1 book, which you'll be able to keep forever, even if you cancel the subscription after a few days. Such a win.