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Atomic Habits

When we do set out things to do we generally make ambitious plans and we are pumped up to do it but then after the few days the motivation we had initially disappeared and boredom replaces it we give up. There is a good reason for this. Our Reptilian brain is wired to seek immediate rewards for actions that happen now. Since it was designed to thrive in what is called “Immediate return Environment”. But our modern society offers what is called as “Delayed return Environment” where our actions may take days, weeks or even years for us to reap its benefits. The cost of our bad habits is in the future while the cost of our good habits is in the present.

If we were able to provide simple markers for us to achieve rather than our grand plan. And if we could see our markers accumulate as time passes by. we would simply show up even when we are down just so that we don’t miss the streak. And simply showing up when we hit our lowest point is more important than doing it when you are motivated. If you do it repeatedly enough it will become a habit and as we do it more often our brain will automate it and it will become a part of your identity.

Imagine things you do as a scientific experiment you start the experiment with given assumptions and you conduct the experiment and you measure the outcome in a definite means at each possible step If your data suggest that you are doing it wrong you start tweaking your habit till you get the expected result. This is called the “Growth mindset” People with a growth mindset generally focus on the process rather than on the end goal. Focusing on the process helps you to persist longer since measuring your progress through the process is its own reward. It is not the people who are smart, intelligent or really motivated who make it to their end goal but it is people who can persist through their boredom.