E95 - Atomic Habits by James Clear - a book review

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Do you have any bad habits? How many times have you tried to break them? New book by James Clear is an awesome antidote to intractable bad habits, and creating ones that nudge us towards what we really want. I walk you through the key points, and use myself as a guinea pig. (Nothing like fear of public shaming to create accountability!)

  • How to avoid being a Sea Squirt and not eat your own brain

  • Real behaviour change is identity change

  • Four steps to real change: cue, craving, response, and reward.

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SHOWNOTES:

EDGE OF LEADERSHIP UNCONFERENCE, 21-22 March 2019

The Sea Squirt

Oura Ring - for tracking sleep

James Clear, Atomic Habits - An Easy and Proven Way To Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones

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KEY POINTS FROM THE BOOK:

With habits, we are looking for three layers of change:

  • Change outcomes

  • Change process

  • Change Identity

“Many people begin the process of changing their habits by focusing on what they want to achieve. This leads us to outcome-based habits. The alternative is to build identity-based habits. With this approach, we start by focusing on who we wish to become.”

The third and deepest layer is changing your identity. This level is concerned with changing your beliefs: your worldview, your self-image, your judgments about yourself and others. Most of the beliefs, assumptions, and biases you hold are associated with this level."

FOUR STEP PROCESS FOR NEW HABITS:

CUE

CRAVING

RESPONSE

REWARD

"Rewards are the end goal of every habit. The cue is about noticing the reward. The craving is about wanting the reward. The response is about obtaining the reward. We chase rewards because they serve two purposes: (1) they satisfy us and (2) they teach us."

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