Book reading is a habit/hobby/passion which I love the most. But I am very selective when I decide to read any book owing to other commitments in life and knowing very well my time is precious.
If you also fall in the same category or have same thought process then I would highly recommend to read this wonderful book. The entire concept of this book is -How to develop small good habits, shun away bad habits and be consistent with our habits. Being consistent with habits over a period of time will have compounding effect , improve you by leaps & bounds and make you stand apart from the crowd. One of the best performers in any field of life are not exceptional people with god gifted skills, but the habit and process that they follow consistently day in and day out. The book explains how to identify those process and apply in very easy and practical ways. At no point does one feels this is any other instruction manual. Any layman like me can relate to it as you read along. There is lot to be learnt and imbibed in our day to day life after reading this book.
On a personal note any book which can impact my thought process positively and can bring even 1% change in me or my way of life is game changer for me. This book falls in similar category.
Voila , see I have written a book review after almost 1.5 years, all thanks to this book even though I read several books in past few months.
So what are you waiting for ?. Grab a copy and get going , you can thank me later!!
Some snippets from the book :
“Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement”
“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become.”
“Success is the product of daily habits—not once-in-a-lifetime transformations.”
“Professionals stick to the schedule; amateurs let life get in the way.”
“The greatest threat to success is not failure but boredom. We get bored with habits because they stop delighting us. The outcome becomes expected. And as our habits become ordinary, we start derailing our progress to seek novelty.”
“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.”
“All big things come from small beginnings. The seed of every habit is a single, tiny decision. But as that decision is repeated, a habit sprouts and grows stronger. Roots entrench themselves and branches grow. The task of breaking a bad habit is like uprooting a powerful oak within us. And the task of building a good habit is like cultivating a delicate flower one day at a time.”
“When scientists analyze people who appear to have tremendous self-control, it turns out those individuals aren’t all that different from those who are struggling. Instead, “disciplined” people are better at structuring their lives in a way that does not require heroic willpower and self-control. In other words, they spend less time in tempting situations.”
“It is easy to get bogged down trying to find the optimal plan for change: the fastest way to lose weight, the best program to build muscle, the perfect idea for a side hustle. We are so focused on figuring out the best approach that we never get around to taking action. As Voltaire once wrote, “The best is the enemy of the good.”
“All big things come from small beginnings. The seed of every habit is a single, tiny decision.”
“You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.”
“You should be far more concerned with your current trajectory than with your current results.”
“Goals are good for setting a direction, but systems are best for making progress.”
“The purpose of setting goals is to win the game. The purpose of building systems is to continue playing the game. True long-term thinking is goal-less thinking. It’s not about any single accomplishment. It is about the cycle of endless refinement and continuous improvement. Ultimately, it is your commitment to the process that will determine your progress.”
“When you can’t win by being better, you can win by being different.”
“The more pride you have in a particular aspect of your identity, the more motivated you will be to maintain the habits associated with it. If you’re proud of how your hair looks, you’ll develop all sorts of habits to care for and maintain it. If you’re proud of the size of your biceps, you’ll make sure you never skip an upper-body workout. If you’re proud of the scarves you knit, you’ll be more likely to spend hours knitting each week. Once your pride gets involved, you’ll fight tooth and nail to maintain your habits.”
“Some people spend their entire lives waiting for the time to be right to make an improvement.”
“When you fall in love with the process rather than the product, you don’t have to wait to give yourself permission to be happy. You can be satisfied anytime your system is running.”
“Problem #1: Winners and losers have the same goals.”
“The only way to become excellent is to be endlessly fascinated by doing the same thing over and over. You have to fall in love with boredom.”
“Missing once is an accident. Missing twice is the start of a new habit. This is a distinguishing feature between winners and losers. Anyone can have a bad performance, a bad workout, or a bad day at work. But when successful people fail, they rebound quickly.”