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Create Habits That Stick

I like to think we all have good intentions, and that when we say we want to do something, we really do want to do it. But then life gets in the way, and the new thing you wanted to do disappears into the night.


I've done this a lot in my life - pledging to stick with a new diet, a new workout routine, my dream to write a book, meditating everyday, the list goes on. Sometimes I stick with it for a little bit, but then I fall off. Can you relate?


THE LAWS OF CREATING A GOOD HABIT

I recently started the book Atomic Habits. In it, author James Clear shares that there are four laws of creating a good habit:

  1. Make it obvious

  2. Make it attractive

  3. Make it easy

  4. Make it satisfying

He gives awesome examples and great detail about these laws and how they impact your actions. I've learned so much and I'm only a few chapters in. I've already started implementing some of these lessons specifically around my meditation practice.


I'm particularly fond of what he refers to as implementation intentions: The idea is to get crystal clear about when and where you are going to take action. He suggests completing this sentence “I will [BEHAVIOR] at [TIM