“We sow our thoughts, and we reap our actions; we sow our actions, and we reap our habits; we sow our habits, and we reap our characters; we sow our characters, and we reap our destiny.”
It strikes me that two major determinants of success, habits and grit, are accessible to most people. Certainly, talent and intelligence will play a role in success, but I suspect they play more of a role in where we succeed, not whether we succeed. Those who succeed the most, I think, pursue their areas of special ability with good habits and grit. They recognize their strengths and follow them, but continuing to work on their weaknesses.
Much like the tortoise and the hare, those who continue to move forward may succeed despite an apparent lack of native ability. Fortunately, habits and grit can change, even if we can’t change your native ability. This is how we develop skills.
I injured myself today doing a deadlift where I didn’t realize how much of a jump in weight I was doing. I have worked hard to avoid injury in CrossFit, but I learned today that I will need to be more careful. I see the potential for learning a lot from this injury and how I might’ve avoided it. Injury can slow progress. We need to learn from these experiences and then carry on.
Two books to review:
The power of habit.
Doctrine and Covenants 88:118
Are my decisions strongest when I am making them in the moment? … or when I have carefully considered and planned them?
Often, I get distracted from goals and plans because I make a different decision in the moment than I did when I carefully considered it. This doesn’t seem like the strongest strategy. I think that I need to have more confidence in my planning and then follow through.
The idea of changing habits with a checklist is a powerful one for both individuals and organizations.
For individuals …
For organizations …
I need to have enough confidence in the checklist to trust it enough to discount my feelings in the moment in order to stick to my plan (that I have carefully thought through).
This is one of the most useful sites that I have found on weight training in particular and training in general.
Why do people like Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, and Barack Obama wear almost the same thing every day? Decision fatigue.
Here’s an article on what it is and how to avoid it.
Good habits and routines can be a powerful way to avoid decision fatigue.
Although I like the Olympic distance and I have done the 70.3 distance triathlons, I worry about the fatigue and injury as distances get longer. I wonder about the wisdom of trying to train for an “Iron Man”. Is that really healthier?
The shorter distances, however, still have the benefits of training in multiple disciplines but without quite the same effects on my life. I may just stick to Sprints and Olympic distances in the future. Realistically, for the life that I live, this kind of training is likely to give me better health value for the time spent.
Where possible, I like to summarize useful information with helpful pointers and links to relevant articles. In this case, James Clear has done this for us.
I think that the comments on mental errors, mental models, and procrastination are very helpful. Read on …