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Habits are mental shortcuts

A habit is a routine or behavior that is carried out repeatedly and most of the time automatically.

When you are faced with a problem repeatedly, your brain starts to automa...

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Atomic Habits

Atomic Habits

by James Clear

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Goals are good for establishing a direction, but systems are best for making progress.

Goals are about the results you hope to reach. Systems are about the mechanisms that l...

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  1. Changing your outcomes. This means changing your results: losing weight, publishing a book, etc.
  2. Changing your process. This means changing...

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You could choose and start a habit because of motivation, but you'll stick with it only if it becomes part of your identity.

To change your identity:

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How habits work

The main components of habit formation:

  • A Cue: It causes your brain to begin a behavior. It is a bit of information that predicts a reward.
  • A Craving

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  • Make them evident.
  • Make them attractive.
  • Make them effortless.
  • Make them satisfying.

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  • Make them invisible.
  • Make them unappealing.
  • Make them hard to perform.
  • Make them frustrating.

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A better method is to cut bad habits off at the source.

You may be able to resist temptation once, but you will most likely not be able to have the willpower to control your...

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We imitate the habits of three groups:

  • The close. Proximity has a powerful and impressive effect on the way we behave.
  • The many. We feel the ...

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Create a motivation ritual by doing something you really like right before a difficult habit.

Habits are attractive when we associate them with positive feelings and unattra...

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The amount of time you have been performing a habit is not as important as the number of times you have performed it.

You could do something three times in thirty days, or t...

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We will instinctively choose the path that requires the least amount of work.

Diminish the friction associated with positive actions. When friction is reduced, habits be...

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What is instantly rewarded is done again. What is instantly punished is ditched.

To get a habit to stick you need to feel instantly successful, even if it’s in a small way.

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We experience peak motivation when we are performing actions that are right on the edge our current abilities.

Not too difficult, not too easy.

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