I recently finished 'Zero To One.'
It was a great book with some near extreme views - but we're talking about Peter Thiel here so it comes as no surprise (to me at least).
The same day I finished the book, I ordered two new books on Amazon, one of which arrived yesterday.
The book, 'Atomic Habits,' is the book that I am currently reading now.
40 pages in, and I'm starting to think that I may have to update my 'Top 5 Books Every Entrepreneur Must Read' list.
Atomic Habits is a book that describes how small, micro-changes every day can compound into massive wins over the months and years to come.
The author, James Clear, doesn't believe in changing your habits overnight through bursts of motivation or discipline.
Like we've spoken about in the article about breaking bad habits, this is a strategy that never works out in the long run.
Whilst reading this book, however, there was one powerful concept that James mentions that I had forgotten to talk about in either of my articles about habits.
A strategy so powerful, that it alone can lead to life-changing habits when used to leverage good habits.
I have these off-days where I'm demotivated and see the worst in every situation - yesterday was one of those.
"What if I launched my product and no one wants it?"
"What if I can't get anyone to switch from the competition?"
"What if I'm too scared to spend lots on advertising?"
Although I have an article on the '6 Steps To a Profitable Business,' these doubts still creep up on me here and there.
My identity has always been like this and it's hard to change something so strongly instilled within you.
A few weeks ago, I sat down (worrying as usual), thinking about what I want to achieve and how I'll even reach my goals.
So I got a piece of paper out and drew a stick man with an afro (to match my hair).
At the top of this paper, I gave it a title that said 'Character For Transcendence.'
Very dramatic, I know.
What this essentially means, simply, is, the character I need to be in order to reach the goals I want.
Then, using different colour pens, I started to branch out from the stick man and write something - a 'habit' that this sort of character has.
A few of the habits I had outlined were:
- Constantly improves by 1% per day
- Wakes up between 6am and 8am
- Not afraid to take risks
- Focuses on factors that can be controlled
The next time you want to waste your time doing something unproductive, ask yourself: