Habits: The Backbone of Success

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By Johan Harris Zain

Have you ever wondered how successful people complete near impossible feats? From sailing across the world, maintaining a multi-billion dollar company or even just waking up early. I’m pretty sure that for the most of us, myself included, these efforts feel unachievable.

Personally, I’ve always wanted to get into the habit of reading my favourite self help books to have a different perspective on things. Despite that, I just can’t find the time to read them all except for one: Atomic Habits by James Clear. From this book, I have some tips to share for those who want to achieve their goals

According to the book, the best way to start a habit is by setting a time and place to do it. This would give you a proper goal to achieve that would cement your habit into your daily life. For example, if you want to become fit, you could go for a run every Monday at 5:15 pm sharp. Personally, I would read a book right before I go to bed

On top of that, you should start building your habit by making it really easy to do. It seems easy because it really is! The main reason that habits work is that they are done consistently. In short, consistency is better that magnitude.

In my case, I would read only a page from a book each night. Then by the next week, I would increase it by two pages. The same could be done with exercise, studying and much more. The possibilities are truly endless.

From what I’ve learnt, I believe that each and every one of us has the potential to be greater no matter whoever you are and whatever you do. As long as our habits stand, our goals are within reach.

Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement

James Clear
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