For the past week I’ve been learning about the life-changing possibilities of developing great habits. I just finished reading a truly inspiring book, and can’t wait to share it with you.
Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones by James Clear makes a compelling case for the power of good routines and positive habit formation.
Backed up by an abundance of science and real-life examples, Mr. Clear shares specific ways to start doing the things we want to do (and stop doing the things that harm us).
Mr. Clear says the key to developing great habits is to make the tasks:
For example, let’s say I want to get in the habit of drinking 64 ounces of water each day. Using these principles, I might do these things:
- Keep the water container on the credenza next to my desk so it’s obvious.
- Get an attractive water bottle and a sweat-proof coaster. Fill the bottle with filtered water and ice, and perhaps enhance it with a lemon wedge or cucumber slices.
- Sip the water throughout each hour so it’s easy.
- Log the water on my FitBit, so when I accomplish the goal each day it’s satisfying.
Win Your Own Copy of Atomic Habits
Because I’m such a fan of this engaging book, I’m giving away a brand-new hardback copy to a lucky reader.
To be entered in the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this page and answer this question:
What habit would you love to start practicing every day?
I’ll share mine first. I’d really like to exercise faithfully each and every day. Writing and blogging are sedentary activities, and I need to make sure that regular movement is a part of every day. Using the tips I learned in James Clear’s book, I hope to make this a lifelong habit.
Atomic Habits is 320 pages and retails for $27.00 USD. The giveaway is open to anyone with a U.S. or Canadian shipping address, and will run through Friday, September 10, 2021 at midnight MST. I’ll announce the lucky winner on Monday, September 13.
Good luck and best always,
P.S. You might also enjoy Joshua Becker’s short video, “Title” Here’s what he said about good habits: “If you want to change your life, start by changing one thing that you do every day.”