Quote Roulette: James Clear

Today’s quote was exactly what I needed to read. It popped up in my usual spot. Creating my intention for the day, writing and reflecting on the day’s intended outcome, and then boom! In my face.

“Know what you want. Follow a trajectory where what you want is a possible outcome. Build a system to incrementally improve your ability to follow that trajectory. Trust yourself. Enjoy the outcomes. Repeat.”

James Clear, Atomic Habits

First, to be clear, this is not a paid plug by any means for James Clear or his book. I really enjoyed the book and it will be in the top 5 until something else amazing knocks it off. Highly recommend you take an opp to read it.

With so much noise, it’s hard to know what we want. One of the quickest ways we find out sometimes is the result of it being taken away with out our control on whether we lose it or not. You really find out what you want, when you have to start over. Perspective from my experience, is everything in that moment. Define what you REALLY want.

Then take some time to figure out all the steps it would take to get there. Not broadly or generally speaking. But, really granular. Step 1. Step 2. And so on. You have to understand what it’s going to take deeply to really understand if that is the way you really want to go. Is it even feasible in this age of your life? Financially can your funds out last the goal to getting to finish line of success and be self-sustaining again. There is nothing worse then being just in reach of your goals, then running out of funding it takes to get there, before you get there.

Once you have your map with all the rest breaks or places of interest along the way mapped out, it’s time to build the system to get through each step. Building time into each day, protecting that time, and then doing it again the next day until you get there. Along the way, you may have to break that system due to impermanence, which is bound to happen. Have a back up to your system. The best designed plans, should always have a fail safe or back up so you don’t lose momentum for any reason. Or if you do, that setback is small.

The last part is my favorite. It’s why I write about my day at the end of my day as consistently as I can. What worked? What didn’t? What am I going to do differently the next day? Those three simple questions of self reflection can teach you something each day.

Then repeat.

Hope you enjoyed today’s quote. What is your take away from James Clear quote shared today? Love to read your thoughts, maybe even challenges to my takeaway below. Enjoy the outcome of your day. Even the worst day, has something in it you can learn from. I hope it was exactly where you wanted to be and what you wanted out of it.

✌🏻 Shawn

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