Atomic Habits….!

What I am reading lately is: Atomic Habits Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear. I discovered him while riding my stationary bike last year. I was looking for good traveling gear. I found his post @ https://jamesclear.com/ultralight-travel and I even ordered his suggestion for a travel charger and I am going to order his suggestion for Best Travel Pants: Outlier Slim Dungarees for my Handsome Hubby.

I purchased the book hot off the press as well as the Clear Habit Journal. Anyone who knows me knows I love papers and journals and pens and highlighters… Oh Happy Space!!

Common Sense

I found the book to be very well laid out, so much so, that it all seemed very common sense – but then when I tried to go back and review it in my head…pfft, I could not come up with anything. So, I think I will have to go back and review it again. He introduces the concept of Kaizen early on and shows the math for getting 1% worse per day/week/month vs. getting 1% better over the same period of time.

Amortization is really a beautiful thing – if it is working in your favor. 

Cue, Craving, Response, Reward

The author presents his major concept of Cue, Craving, Response, Reward… which did not really compute at first… but as he wove in real life stories and references, it did start to make more sense. He talked about the British Cycling Team in the early 2000s, “making the aggregation of marginal gains”, which resulted in them winning multiple Olympic medals, setting world records, and finally winning the Tour de France.

Habit Stacking

The author goes on to present concepts like “Habit Stacking”, which also seem very intuitive: take a habit that you do without thinking, something already deeply engrained in your daily routines and add another desired habit on top of it. He also introduces a concept I had not heard of but am personally VERY familiar with: The Plateau of Latent Potential… I have never heard it referred to by this name, but whenever I start dieting, it takes a good 2-3 weeks of stellar behavior before I start to see the tangible results. I think a great many activities and habits require a significant investment of time and energy before the results start to show.

The Plateau of Latent Potential and Chiropractic

For sure, chiropractic care can fall in that category: you have to get adjusted several times over a period of time AND alter your daily lifestyle (add in good things and remove bad things) before you can really FEEL the difference. However, it is not ALWAYS that way. I have seen many people come into both my office and my colleagues’ and leave in an entirely different and UPRIGHT position.

All in all, I did enjoy this book. It is one that I will keep on my bookshelf for now… until my next “Tidying Up” Adventure with Marie Kondo… and then it may or may not make the cut. In case you are wondering what I am referring to, my next book is SPARK JOY An Illustrated Master Class On The Art Of Organizing and Tidying Up. When I finish that book review, I will come back and make this an active link so you can go directly to it!

Until we meet again: Be Well Adjusted!!