Your outcomes are a lagging measure of your habits Your net worth is a lagging measure of your financial habits Your weight is a lagging measure of your eating habits Your knowledge is a lagging measure of your learning habits Your clutter is a lagging measure of your cleaning habits You get what you repeat.
When nothing seems to help I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two and I know it was not that last blow that did it but all that had gone before.
On improving system rather than habits — If you’re an entrepreneur your goal might be to build a million-dollar business Your system is how you test product ideas hire employees and run marketing campaigns.
The problem with a goals-first mentality is that you’re continually putting happiness off until the next milestone.
You do not rise to the level of your goals You fall to the level of your systems.
Outcomes are about what you get Processes are about what you do Identity is about what you believe.
Improvements are only temporary until they become part of who you are.
Your identity is literally your repeated being-ness.
Your goal is simply to win the majority of the time.
The 1st law Cue Make it obvious The 2nd law Craving Make it attractive The 3rd law Response Make it easy The 4th law Reward Make it satisfying
Until you make the unconscious conscious it will direct your life and you will call it fate
Every habit should have a home. Use laptop on study table only
dopamine is released not only when you experience pleasure but also when you anticipate
A genius is not born, but is educated and trained.
Join a culture where 1 your desired behavior is the normal behavior and 2 you already have something in common with the group
You have been sensing the cues the entire time but it is only when you predict that you would be better off in a different state that you take action
Habits are attractive when we associate them with positive feelings and we can use this insight to our advantage rather than to our detriment
Reframing your habits to highlight their benefits rather than their drawbacks is a fast and lightweight way to reprogram your mind and make a habit seem more attractive
The best is the enemy of the good.
If you want to master a habit the key is to start with repetition not perfection
Repetition is a form of change
Every action requires a certain amount of energy The more energy required the less likely it is to occur
Master the habit of showing up
the costs of your good habits are in the present The costs of your bad habits are in the future
What is immediately rewarded is repeated What is immediately punished is avoided
The problem is not slipping up; the problem is thinking that if you can’t do something perfectly you shouldn’t do it
The first rule of compounding Never interrupt it unnecessarily
To be productive the cost of procrastination must be greater than the cost of action
Genes can predispose, but they don’t predetermine
You can’t control whether you’re a potato or an egg but you can decide to play a game where it’s better to be hard or soft
Until you work as hard as those you admire don’t explain away their success as luck
At some point it comes down to who can handle the boredom of training every day doing the same lifts over and over and over
The greatest threat to success is not failure but boredom
Men desire novelty to such an extent that those who are doing well wish for a change as much as those who are doing badly
Professionals stick to the schedule amateurs let life get in the way
You have to fall in love with boredom
The more you let a single belief define you the less capable you are of adapting when life challenges you