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Original Swedish post written in January, translation made today 2019-10-29.
New year and time for most of us to set up new goals of becoming healthier, stop postponing things and finally do all that we didn’t do last year. But, question is… does it ever work? I mean, at least if I speak for my self, I’m here ‘again’ – still not close to working on some goals I’ve starred at every year for… years!
James Clear who wrote the book “Atomic Habits” says that we should stop setting up goals and instead focus on what’s behind them. He has a lot of examples and compares it to staring a business. When you that you need a goal and a dream to make it happen, but what really gets you there lies within n the systems behind it – how you test your products, marketing, how and who you hire staff etc.
Imagine you have a messy room and you set a goal to clean it. If you summon the energy to tidy up, then you will have a clean room—for now. But if you maintain the same sloppy, pack-rat habits that led to a messy room in the first place, soon you’ll be looking at a new pile of clutter and hoping for another burst of motivation. You’re left chasing the same outcome because you never changed the system behind it. You treated a symptom without addressing the cause.
Atomic Habits – An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
Clear explains how he himself used to set goals, just like the rest of us. That’s supposedly what successful people do, right? He accomplished some and failed with others and then eventually he started to realize that results seldom was about him setting goals and more about the systems in place. I don’t know… but when it comes to health and well-being I always talk about the underlying causes, how we need to treat more than just the symptoms of what’s wrong. How complex our whole ecosystem is.. So, its a little exciting to use the same type thought model to this..
I’ll dive into this book and see where I end up.
Here’s more information if you’re curious 🙂