Atomic Habits

03.02.22 08:21:24 Comment(s) By ingamichaelsen

How Small Actions Every Day Can Change your Life and Business

I recently listened to BrenĂ© Brown's podcast with James Clear on building Atomic Habits.


It was great timing as my Hyper-Achiever was very active and I struggled with negative thinking for not having achieved a goal that I had set for myself.


The podcast had many potent takeaways but the ones I needed to hear at that moment were:


1. Decide who you want to be. Prove that to yourself with tiny wins.

"Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity."

2. Tiny actions you take every day aligned with a vision of who you want to become will lead to the desired outcome.

"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."

3. Set up systems that help you with taking those small actions

"Goals are good for setting a direction, but systems are best for making progress."

4. Narrow the focus

 "Standardize before you optimize. You can't improve a habit that doesn't exist."

I have been pondering how these takeaways translate to my personal and professional life.


And I invite you to do the same:

First of all, envision yourself as the leader you would like to become.


Ask yourself:

  • What qualities of that kind of leadership do I want to grow? 
  • What can I practice every day to work towards that vision of leadership?
  • What structure will help me to practice this kind of leadership?
  • What are the most important behaviour changes do I want to make first?
  • What qualities of that kind of leadership do I want to grow? 
  • What can I practice every day to work towards that vision of leadership?
  • What structure will help me to practice this kind of leadership?
  • What are the most important behaviour changes do I want to make first?


As an organization

You can ask yourself similar questions as an organization. Let's say you are struggling with retaining and engaging employees in the hybrid workspace. 


Ask yourself:

  • What kind of culture do we want to be known for? What are the characteristics of that culture?
  • What are the daily, small rituals that lead to this culture?
  • What structure will help to put these daily behaviours into action?
  • What are the three most important things you want to improve in your culture?
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