My favorite habits author James Clear’s book Atomic Habits is releasing today.
I benefited from his work over the last many years. The concept of Identity-Based Habits which I first learned from his blog has helped me in many ways especially with building and keeping my exercising habit.
I like his style of writing and explaining ideas. So I bought the book as I know I not only enjoy reading it but learn a ton. If you are a regular reader of his blog like me, you may find some ideas repetitive, but I think that’s a good thing. None of us need more new ideas. Just simple basics repeated over time will create wonderful results. Having known all this, I still fail at a lot of my habits and that’s one more reason why I am looking forward to read the book and reinforce my learning and habits.
Here is how yo can help yourself as well as James:
I learned three great ideas from Derek Sivers over the last couple of months. I am very grateful to Derek for the following ideas.
- Hell yeah or no.
- /now page.
- Mastering self and helping others.
Hell yeah or no
I came across Derek’s “Hell yeah or no” idea via Leo Babauta’s tweet.
I instantly liked it and started saying no to anything that is less than hell yeah. It has helped me focus on my priorities and say no to everything else.
Being part of Derek’s /now page movement and writing my /now page has helped me think what is important to me and write how I am spending my time. I read my /now page regularly to make sure I am spending my time on my priorities.
Mastering self and helping others
Derek recently shared this idea in this second episode of The Tim Ferriss Show. I strongly recommend you listen to it. I enjoyed the two-hour long first episode as well but if you have only little time, just listen to the second.
He shared this idea at 28:03 of the second follow-up episode when someone asked him how does he define success.
I am amazed by how most of the things I do – which you will find on my /now page – perfectly aligns to this philosophy.
Exercising, doing push ups, running are to master my body and be in shape. Meditating, playing Elevate, and eating healthy helps me master my mind.
I am here first to help and take care of my family. Thankfully they don’t take much of my time or help but I don’t think twice to drop everything else if they ever need me that much. Then, my day job and Chaitanya 3.0 project are too about helping people, learning new things, and solving others problems.
Thanks a lot Derek. Your ideas are some of the best I learned in 2015. I am super excited to continue living them in 2016 and be more useful to others.