I just finished reading the book Atomic Habits by James Clear. This was a recommendation made to me by a friend. She thought that I would benefit from reading the book and I have to say that she was right.
I have been engaged in a dedicated effort to read more books in the last three months. I set myself a goal of reading thirty books in three months. I know, the first question that probably jumps into your mind is, WHY? There is a perfectly logical explanation.
Tony Robbins pissed me off!
I was watching a video on YouTube, where Tony was talking to someone, and he just casually mentioned that there was a point in his life where he had read 700 books over a number of years. Yes, you read it right. 700 books. I was like, who has the time? I was so flabbergasted that I don’t even remember the exact time frame he quoted but I think he may have done it over three (3) years. It totally floored me that anyone could say that, let alone just throw it out there in the universe like it was a normal, every day, happening. So naturally, I got annoyed. Naturally, I then went on to set myself a similar goal. So I decided, I can also read an extraordinary number of books on psychology, the brain and business. To get started, I decided that I would read 30 books by December 31st, 2018.
Here’s the upside. I rediscovered my love for reading in a big way. The hardest part for me over the last few months has been sticking to the kinds of books that I am supposed to be reading. I keep getting distracted by novels.
The other upside, I starting out by identifying all the books that I had on my Kindle that I was planning to read and had not started. Those were the first items that I added to my list. To be honest, there were nearly 30 of them in total. I know. Shameful. Just to let it be known however, that there are even more books that did not get added to the list. I know.
The other benefit for me, is the incredible body of knowledge that I am beginning to accumulate as a result of reading so many books. I know that if I had not set myself this ridiculous goal because I was so ridiculously annoyed, I would not have accomplished what I have so far. So even though he may never know, I still thank the Annoying One.
So this is why I was so pleased with the Atomic Habits. Without even knowing it at the time, I was already building myself a powerful habit that met the criteria for success that James Clear outlines in his book. The change that I wanted to make was as he states, Obvious, Easy and Satisfying.
With the information from his book, I am even more convinced of the absolute necessity to always start small when you are striving to achieve really big goals. I am also even more convinced of the need to ensure that you are enjoying the journey as you change and not just waiting until the final outcome to get your sense of satisfaction.
If you are interested in achieving big results but find it daunting, then I would recommend this book as a way to help you start with some small changes that can get you to where you want to be eventually. Like his tagline says, tiny changes can lead to remarkable results.
Marjorie Wharton is a trainer, facilitator and coach who works with individuals and organizations to help them improve their performance. She is based at the Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business in Barbados. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. For more of her writing visit https://marjoriewharton.live