Have you read any good books lately?

A book can transform the way you think, act, and live your life on a day-to-day basis.  What has been the most influential book you have ever read?  How did it change your life?  For me, I recently read Atomic Habits by: James Clear, and it changed the way I view my own habits.  In the #CJJblog this week, I give you some takeaways and key ideas from the book.  Hopefully, you will learn something valuable and want to read the book as well.  Make sure to let me know your thoughts in the comments below.  Enjoy.

  • Aggregation of marginal gains. Little changes add up over time.  If you make just 1% small changes to your habits each day, you will have improved 37% overall in a year.  How are you achieving small victories every day?
  • Getting worse. If you are not making progress, you could decline down to 0% very quickly.
  • Habits defined. Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement.  How do you define habits?
  • For developing good habits, time is your ally.  When forming bag habits, time is your enemy.
  • Forget goals. Instead, focus on systems.  What does your process look like?  How are you going to accomplish your goals?
  • Intrinsic motivation. You succeed when habits become your identity.  For example, if you want to read more, become a reader.
  • Develop an identity. Decide the type of person you want to be, then prove this to yourself slowly each day with small victories.
  • Developing habits. There are four stages: 1) The cue, 2) The craving, 3) The response, and 4) The reward.
  • Creating good habits. Those four stages are as follows: 1) Make it obvious, 2) Make it attractive, 3) Make it easy, and 4) Make it satisfying.
  • Breaking bad habits. Those four stages are as follows: 1) Make it invisible, 2) Make it unattractive, 3) Make it difficult, and 4) Make it unsatisfying.

Did You Know?  While the University of Vermont Senior Night was highlighted by Josh Speidel and rightfully so, Anthony Lamb’s career culminated with his fourth straight America East regular season conference title.  Anthony also won four straight division titles with me in High School at Greece Athena.

Life Tip #40:  Add more disciplines to your life to become a more attractive person.

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