Saturday Morning Rounds
What we're reading
All around the US and the world, as you read this, 10,000 people a minute are falling off the New Year's Resolution bandwagon.
Ok those numbers are made up but they're bound to be high because it's only the second Saturday of the year - which means people are, at this very moment -breaking diets, skipping the gym, having coffee before they meditate and then feeling too jittery to do so, sleeping in instead of reading, etc.
Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do our goals and resolutions so often elude us?
Easy answer - they elude us because they exist in the first place.
There's a lot of great research & writing that's come out in the past decade (and especially the past year or two) about the importance of focusing on habits & systems > goals & resolutions.
This article does a great job of succinctly explaining why - it's only a 5min read (worth the time investment!) and the writing is hard to summarize because it's so economical to begin with. That being said, we'll try anyway. In the author's words
"The Problems with Goals
That last one resonates especially - anyone else ever crash dieted to fit into a dress? 👰🖐️
Definitely against doctor's orders.
So goals suck. We get it. We'll burn our vision boards and wander this earth untethered, lacking any direction for our lives, right?
Nope! That's where habits and systems come in. Again, in the author's words:
"The Benefits of Habits
If you want to learn more about this topic, Atomic Habits is a book that got a lot of accolades in 2019 and is currently sitting on our "to-read" list. The Power of Habit is also a classic in the space.
Who we're following
His Twitter is chock-full of simple-but-not-easy, timeless, and potentially life-changing if you take them to heart, insights. He talks a lot about mental models and frameworks that are about as widely applicable as can be. Here's a quick sample from just his most recent Tweets:
Definitely one of the more valuable general-concept follows we've made on Twitter.
BBMD tip of the week
Some of our most powerful career & negotiation advice can be boiled down to a series of habits.
A lot of this might seem pithy, but in any field, it tends to be those who have truly mastered the basics that become world-class. As Bruce Lee once said,
So in that vein, here are 3 simple "kicks" - ie habits - you can start implementing today to have an exponential positive impact on your skill-level and results:
For our regular readers, this stuff might be repetitive. And it is. Because it's that important, and that difficult to master.
The knowledge itself is only 20% of the battle - the key motion here is turning that knowledge into action, and habits/systems are a great way to do so. Even the best negotiators on the planet still have lots of room to improve on the above points, so we encourage you to look for opportunities this week to do the same :)
Quote we're contemplating
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Have a wonderful weekend, y'all!