Want to know how I've gone from a chaotic cranefly who couldn't get out of bed to a 6 am person who writes every day and sometimes eats like a healthy adult?
It was a book what did it.
Yep: I'm about to sound totally wanky, so be warned...
This book changed my life.
Not in an airy-fairy internet-motivational-meme glitter and unicorns way; this book changed my life in a practical, I'm-actually-doing-things-differently-and-seeing-results way.
This is going to sound wanky, and I don’t care: Atomic Habits changed my life. Yeah yeah, I know it’s cheesy, but here’s the thing — the book didn’t just change my life in an insubstantial airy-fairy internet motivational meme kind of way.
It changed my life in a practical, solid, “oh look my life is actually materially different” kind of way.
I want to be as good a writer as I can possibly be. I want to get better at everything I do — including being a human bean — every day. And I want a better quality of life. I suspect it’s similar for you, right?
Which is why this quote from the book jumped out at me:
“The quality of our lives often depends on the quality of our habits. With the same habits, you’ll end up with the same results. But with better habits, anything is possible.”
I DO NOT WANT TO BE A COLLECTION OF BAD HABITS.
Sometime last year, I took a good long look at myself. I’d made a big decision back in September 2018 about where I wanted to take my business and what I wanted to achieve.
Summer 2019 rolled around and I didn’t seem to be much further along. I was too comfortable. And that made me furious.
If I wanted my life and business to change, I’d have to damn well do something about it, and little gestures here and there weren’t getting it done.
Then I read Atomic Habits and everything changed. In this article, I’ll share some of the key ideas that are making a difference in my life and my business right now — and how I’m using them to change.
Atomic Habits is a wonderful book. Easy to read, full of practical ideas to implement, and James Clear provides a bunch of free resources to those why buy the book — including a habit tracker I have stuck up on my wall right now.
I recommend all my coaching clients and authors in training buy and read this book because writing a book isn’t about making some grand gesture and locking yourself in a room with no clothes like Victor Hugo (although that can help).
Writing a book is about taking Tiny Beetle Steps. It’s about building habits that serve you and creating an environment conducive to writing a book. And it’s about deciding what type of person you want to be, then casting votes for yourself.
p.s. Grab yourself a copy of James Clear’s Atomic Habits on Amazon. (This is an affiliate link — if you buy through it, I’ll make a few pennies. If you don’t want me to, that’s cool, simply type “Atomic Habits” into Amazon and grab a copy that way.)
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