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Don’t Make NY Resolutions – Do This Instead Episode 144

Inspired by James Clear’s groundbreaking book “Atomic Habits”, we explore the transformative power of creating systems rather than merely setting goals and delve into the art of building habits that last.

1. Create Systems – Understanding the Power of Systems:

In “Atomic Habits,” James Clear introduces four fundamental laws that lay the foundation for successful habit formation. Identifying cues, understanding cravings, determining responses, and recognising rewards are essential elements that make up a well-designed system. Success often stems from the consistent implementation of these systems, emphasising the journey over the destination.

2. Setting Clear and Specific Goals:

Achieving success within a system requires clear and specific goals. By ensuring your goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound (SMART), you establish a roadmap for progress and success.

3. Making Your Goals Attractive:

Connect with your goals on a personal level. Making them attractive involves aligning them with your values, passions, and interests. Visualize the rewards and benefits to create a powerful craving that fuels your motivation.

4. Taking Small, Consistent Actions:

The Response aspect involves taking action, but it’s crucial to start small. Break down your goals into manageable tasks and integrate new habits into existing routines. This approach, coupled with habit stacking, ensures sustainability and ease of maintenance.

5. Rewarding Yourself:

Design immediate and satisfying rewards to reinforce positive habits. Celebrate your progress along the way, creating a positive feedback loop that makes your habits more enjoyable and sustainable.

6. The Importance of Tracking and Accountability:

Regularly monitor your progress using tools like habit-tracking apps or journals. Share your goals and achievements
with an accountability partner or a supportive community, fostering an environment of encouragement and

Example: Building a Reading Habit System

  1. Define Your Objective: Set a goal, such as reading 24 books in a year.
  2. Break It Down into a System:
    • Set a daily reading time.
    • Create a reading list.
    • Designate a comfortable reading environment.
    • Implement a tracking system.
  3. Establish a Cue: Identify triggers for your reading habit, like having coffee in the morning or
    dedicating time before bedtime.
  4. Make It Attractive:
    • Choose interesting books.
    • Create a cozy reading nook.
    • Join a book club for a social aspect.
  5. Take Consistent Actions: Stick to your daily reading time, ensuring consistency even on busy or
    tired days.
  6. Reward Progress:
    • Treat yourself to a small reward after finishing a book or reaching milestones.
    • Celebrate completing books or reaching milestones, reinforcing your reading habit.
  7. Track and Stay Accountable:
    • Use a journal or app.
    • Share progress with someone who can hold you accountable.
  8. Adapt to Challenges:
    • Expect challenges.
    • Adapt your system as needed.
    • Keep moving forward.
  9. Create a Supportive Environment:
    • Maintain a tidy and distraction-free reading space.
  10. Embrace Consistency:
    • Stick to your reading system consistently over the course of the year.
    • Understand that small, daily actions (reading for 30 minutes) within your system will help you achieve
      your larger goal (reading 24 books).

By focusing on systems, you can build habits that stand the test of time, fostering continuous growth and success in various aspects of your life.



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