The process of building habits is actually the process of becoming yourself.
Success is the product of daily habits not once-in-a-lifetime transformation.
Outcomes are about what you get. Processes are about what you do. Identity is about what you believe.
What you crave is not the habit itself but the change in state it delivers.
When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that last blow that did it—but all that had gone before.
The task of breaking a bad habit is like uprooting a powerful oak within us. The task of building a good habit is like cultivating a delicate flower.
Quite literally, you become your habits.
We put pressure on ourselves to make some earth-shattering improvement that everyone will talk about.
In the early and middle stages of any quest, there’s often a valley of disappointment.
When you can’t win by being better, you can win by being different.
A slight change in your daily habits can guide your life to a different destination.
The outside world only sees the most dramatic event, rather than all the work that preceded it.
These improvements were minor, but they gave me a sense of control over my life.
Your habits can compound for you, or against you.
Bad habits can cut you down just as easily as good habits can build you up.
I knew that if things were going to improve, I was the one responsible for making it happen.
Your actions reveal how badly you want something. If you keep saying something is a priority but you never act on it, then you don’t really want it. It’s time to have an honest conversation with yourself. Your actions reveal your true motivations.
Professionals stick to the schedule; amateurs let life get in the way.
Learning one new idea won’t make you a genius but committing to lifelong learning can be transformative.
Your habits shape your identity, and your identity shapes your habits.
Mastery requires patience.
Unfortunately, the slow pace of transformation also makes it easy to let a bad habit slide.
When working against you, identity change can be a curse.
Bad habits repeat themselves again and again, not because you don’t want to change but because you have the wrong system for change.
Good habits can make rational sense but if they conflict with your identity, you’ll fail to put them into action.
The most practical way to change who you are is to change what you do.
People reflect your behaviour back to you.
Time magnifies the margin between success and failure. It will multiply whatever you feed it.
Too often we convince ourselves that massive results require massive action.
With the same habits, you’ll end up with the same results. But with better habits, anything is possible.
It is only when looking back 2, 5, or 10 years later that the value of good habits and the cost of bad ones become strikingly apparent.
Changes that seem small and unimportant at first will compound and turn into remarkable results if you’re willing to stick with them for years.
If you’re having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn’t you, the problem is your system.
Good habits make time your ally, bad habits make time your enemy.
If you can get 1% better each day for one year, you’ll end up 37 times better by the time you’re done.
You do not rise to the level of your goals, you fall to the level of your systems.