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Book Freak #36: Building Better Habits

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Book Freak is a weekly newsletter with advice you can use to improve the quality of your life. James
 

Book Freak

November 26 · Issue #36 · View online
Short pieces of advice from books

Book Freak is a weekly newsletter with advice you can use to improve the quality of your life.
James Clear is a travel photographer and the creator of a habit-building training platform called The Habits Academy.
Here are four pieces of advice from his book, Atomic Habits. Many thanks to Cool Tools reader Amit Agrawal for the book recommendation.

Create a process you fall in love with
“When you fall in love with the process rather than the product, you don’t have to wait to give yourself permission to be happy. You can be satisfied anytime your system is running. And a system can be successful in many different forms, not just the one you first envision.”
Make yourself valuable by being different from everyone else
“When you can’t win by being better, you can win by being different. By combining your skills, you reduce the level of competition, which makes it easier to stand out. You can shortcut the need for a genetic advantage (or for years of practice) by rewriting the rules. A good player works hard to win the game everyone else is playing. A great player creates a new game that favors their strengths and avoids their weaknesses.”
Choose who you want to be through your actions
“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity. This is one reason why meaningful change does not require radical change. Small habits can make a meaningful difference by providing evidence of a new identity. And if a change is meaningful, it is actually big. That’s the paradox of making small improvements.”
Solve problems at the systems level
“Achieving a goal only changes your life for the moment. That’s the counterintuitive thing about improvement. We think we need to change our results, but the results are not the problem. What we really need to change are the systems that cause those results. When you solve problems at the results level, you only solve them temporarily. In order to improve for good, you need to solve problems at the systems level. Fix the inputs and the outputs will fix themselves.”
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