I don’t know you, but I know this: You have habits.
There are certain behavioral patterns you repeat, every single day of your life.
I even know some of them: You wake up, get out of bed, brush your teeth, drink water, get dressed, interact with people, read, browse the internet…
That’s a lot of data for someone halfway around the world who doesn’t know your name, isn’t it? Here’s something else I can glimpse from that data:
The outcomes of your life are determined by your habits.
Your finances, your health, your relationships, it’s all a result of these patterns of repetition, steering you like a pair of invisible hands.
So while you might not think much of your habits nor think much about them, your habits don’t just matter. Your habits are, in fact, everything.
Your habits are your only weapon in a lifelong struggle for meaning, happiness, and making the most of your time.
Luckily, they’re also the only weapon you need. I have been working with habits for almost eight years now. My own. Those of others. The science behind them.
To start the new year - the new decade, really - right, I want to share with you the most important lesson I’ve learned in all these years: Your habits will determine your destiny - and you have the power to shape them.
To back this claim up, I’ll show you that our habits aren’t just “some routines.” They affect our identity, our worldview, and even control our attention.
Using the movie Yes Man with Jim Carrey and the work of James Clear (Atomic Habits), we’ll understand how deep our connection with habits really runs - and how we can use that connection to create the life we want.
The title of the piece is, you guessed it…
It’s designed to give you clarity, motivation, and the conviction you need to live your best life. I hope it’ll help you start the year on your terms.
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Thank you for being your best. Have a great start into the new year!