James Clear is more than a writer, he has become a phenomenon. His quotes are “Clearisms” and we will be using some of those going through Atomic Habits discussing his philosophy. The habits and behaviors you are choosing today will lead you to being the person you want to be. To be an author you must have the habit of writing and to be an athlete you must have the habit of working out. So who do you want to be?
Real change is hard but author James Clear has written a book about lifelong learning that is framed as book about building better habits. Join us as we experiment and learn how to form good habits that will have the most positive impact to better our lives. Join Robin Saul on an eight week journey through Atomic Habits and explore ways in which you too can transform your life, your habits and most of all your perspective.
James Clear on How to implement good habits
1) Make it obvious
2) Make it Attractive
3) Make it Easy to do
4) Make it immediately satisfying
You can design your environment to cue the behavior of good habits by making them visible.
For example, if walking every morning is a behavior you want to develop, then lay out your walking clothes, shoes, and socks near your bed so you can jump right into them after waking up(obvious). You can make the habit attractive by buying your favorite comfortable walking shoes. Adding the implementation of “easy to do,” you can think ahead of how you will cope with heat, rain, or other inconveniences. To make the behavior satisfying something as simple as putting a star on a wall calendar after completing the habit may be all you need to keep it up. Or, plug into upbeat music as you walk. Also, remember that you start small in the beginning. For example walking 10 minutes daily to walking 10,000 steps to eventually walking in marathons (if that is your goal).
If you want to have a desired behavior then join a group where that behavior is the norm. Belonging to the 6D Living community aligns with certain values. If you are here and emulate and practice the behaviors aligning with this group, this will be your identity. We all have the innate desire to belong to a tribe and for me I am appreciating this tribe and the connections I have made through the whole foods plant-based community and 6D Living.
I learned recently about mirror neurons. Mirror neurons are a type of sensory-motor cell located in the brain that is activated when an individual performs an action or observes another individual performing the same action. Thus, the neurons “mirror” others' actions.(https://www.britannica.com).
There is a theory that as we watch the action of others, we are triggered to act similarly. We imitate who we observe. So if we immerse ourselves in a tribe that is behaving in a certain way, we will have similar behaviors and those behaviors become habits.
Your identity is a reflection of your habits. Having habits that fit your goals are what defines you as the type of person you want to be. For example, after honing your modified fasting behavior (if that is your goal), then you are someone who doesn’t eat certain times of the day. Remember, a goal has an end but a habit continues almost on autopilot.
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"Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become." -James Clear
About the author James Clear
James Clear is known for his ability to distill complex topics into simple behaviors that can be easily applied to daily life and work. Here, he draws on the most proven ideas from biology, psychology, and neuroscience to create an easy-to-understand guide for making good habits inevitable and bad habits impossible. Along the way, readers will be inspired and entertained with true stories from Olympic gold medalists, award-winning artists, business leaders, life-saving physicians, and star comedians who have used the science of small habits to master their craft and vault to the top of their field. He writes about habits, decision-making, and continuous improvement at jamesclear.com. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Entrepreneur, Time, and on CBS This Morning. He is a regular speaker at Fortune 500 companies and his work is used by teams in the NFL, NBA, and MLB.
Robin Saul is a registered dietitian who earned a bachelor's degree in agriculture and human nutrition from the University of Florida. Although not discovering the benefits of a plant-centric, no processed foods diet until 2016, she raised her four kids with an abundance of plant foods and home cooking. Robin has specialized nutrition knowledge in the areas of gastroenterology, food intolerances and allergies, gerontology and recipe development.