Atomic Habits

Posted on Dec 31, 2020

Atomic Habits

Chapter 1 - The surprising power of atomic habits

  • Habits are compound interest of self-improvement
  • Sadly, the feedback look of habit is slow paced, makes easier to have bad habits
  • Put your eye in the process (and where it will lead you) than in the current result.
    • It’s hard to have good habits that last, cause we fail to see tangible results, and in a weak moment we decide to stop
    • But in order to make a meaningful difference, habits need to persist long enough to break through the Plateu of Latent Potential
  • Time magnifies the margin between success and failure, having small good habit is going to make time your ally.

Chapter 2 - How your habits shape your identity

Why is changing habits so hard? Cause we try to change for an outcome.

There is 3 levels of change that can occur

  1. Outcome: ex. losing weight, publishing a book
  2. Processes: changing your habits and systems, ex. decluttering your desk
  3. Identity: changing your beliefs, how you see the world, yourself and others

There is a duality between identity and habits

  • Your identity emerges from your habits. You are a type of person, cause the things you do, and habits are things that you do very often. If you are don’t go much to a gym and normally don’t care what are you eating => can you say you are a healthy type of person?
  • The good news, is that you can change your habits, but for doing that, you need to change your identity.
  • Every action is a vote for the type of person you wish to become, that’s why habits are so important.

If you want to change your habits, you need first to change your identity.