According to James Clear, author of ‘Atomic Habits’ building good, useful habits is a 4-step process. You must focus on these 4 steps while also keeping the fundamentals of habit forming in mind. In our latest podcast episode we jump into the actionable content from this worldwide bestselling book.
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
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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