Sharing “Atomic Habits” Wisdom from James Clear …

James Clear is the author of the very good book, “Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones“.

He also provides a very good weekly newsletter he titles, “3 ideas, 2 quotes, 1 question”.My post is a repost of some things in his December 5, 2019 newsletter. He shared, what demonstrated to me, that if we want something we must take action to make it more likely. It also demonstrated why using prevention or avoidance efforts is likely less effective. He noted:

New goals don’t deliver new results. New lifestyles do… a lifestyle is not an outcome, it is a process. For this reason, all of your energy should go into building better habits,(Optimize the Process) not chasing better results.(the results are a by-product of the process)

In other words, we need to cause something to happen. Things won’t just happen if we do not do something or avoid something bad.

To emphasize this he shared a formula for happiness and or unhappiness. He explained:

For Happiness: Get outside each day, Move: walk, exercise, dance, Spend less than you earn, View life as play, Be the one who looks for solutions, Develop a bias to contribute and create, Learn from the lucky and successful, Be the first to say hello, and Be reliable

For Unhappiness Invert Those Ideas:

To Be Unhappy:Stay inside all day, Move as little as possible, Spend more than you earnTake yourself (and life) too seriously,Look for reasons why things won’t work, Always consume, never contributeResent the lucky and successfulNever say hello first, and Be unreliable.

In other words, take action and generate data and experiences to cause happiness. This reiterates what Tal Ben-ShaHar explained in Happier, that is “…happiness must be pursued to be attained. If we do nothing, unhappiness will follow.”

To drive home his points, he ended his December 5, 2019 note with a line from the Bhagavad Gita about focusing on the process rather than the results:

“You are only entitled to the action, never to its fruits.” 

Source: Bhagavad Gita, chapter 2, verse 47​​

Please share how you take action to get what you want. Share how you practice paneugenesis which means working to generate comprehensive improvements by creating pervasive, reciprocal, selfish, selfish, synergistic interactions so everyone and everything benefits.
I encourage you to practice paneugenesis in the ways he suggests to make it a Great Holiday season for yourself and everyone else. Enjoy and feel good about the beneficial interactions you create with friends, family and the environment. Be sure to Plot Progress to reflect and realize what you have done so you know why you should feel good.

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