Transform Your Habits with James Clear [episode 7]
Meet Our Featured Guest on Express Success Radio
Our featured guest is James Clear.
James is a writer, photographer and entrepreneur. His award-winning work, which has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine and The Huffington Post, stems from the core concept that, if you can master your habits, you can master your life.
James writes about the struggle we all face to become better leaders, better workers, and better people — and how improving our health can help us do that.
During High School, James loved participating in sports, especially baseball. He enjoyed being a star athlete until one day, he was struck in the face with a baseball bat and, unable to breathe on his own, James was air-lifted to the hospital where he endured repeated seizures followed by months of rehabilitation. Committed to recovering fully, James made incremental yet consistent progress and, 6 years after his accident, he was named Academic All American.
James learned to set himself up for success by establishing very short-term goals based on his current actions and circumstances rather than on future projections. He realized that if he could just get started, he could take small steps which would eventually move him toward the goal he envisioned. With a focus on continual improvement, James discovered he could achieve more than setting an arbitrary goal that he may or may not reach.
The Action Steps
James outlines some key strategies for changing your life by changing your habits:
- Embrace the process rather than predicting the outcome
- Use or create a ritual to initiate a desired behavior that helps automate your results
- Avoid procrastination with the 2 minute rule… if a task takes less than 2 minutes to complete, do it NOW
“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt