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This week we're discussing forward progress, momentum, and habits.
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Importance of Inertia
Inertia is a concept in physics which implies, among other things, that an object at rest is more likely to stay at rest and an object in motion is more likely to stay in motion. Inertia applies to many things outside of physics, and human inertia is one of the most interesting applications of all.
In short, the things you do and the habits you form are more likely to continue in the future. The inverse is also true: the things you avoid and the habits you don't start are more likely to stay this way. Fortunately, you can use all of this to your advantage. Small steps very quickly become large ones with this framework in mind.
If you want to read more books, the simplest thing you can do is set a daily goal to read one page. Why just one page, why not set the bar higher? Starting with one page will build momentum, especially if done daily. It's an easy bar to reach, and thus you will be more likely to consistently finish that one page. Over time, this compounds. Good habits start with small actions performed consistently.
The other benefit of setting small goals is that you will almost always do more than the bare minimum you set for yourself. In our previous example, how likely is it that you will actually stop reading after one page? Chances are you will read substantially more, but having the out on a busy day to stop after a page is helpful. Humans are funny creatures in that we will almost always procrastinate a seemingly insurmountable task, but can be quite productive with small actions.
Use inertia to your benefit when you are trying to set new goals. Building daily habits with low hanging fruit can help you feel accomplished and become more consistent. Remember, greatness is the end result of a series of seemingly small actions, done consistently over time. Playing one note won't make you a great musician, but practicing a few notes every day eventually will!
The most interesting things I've encountered this week:
What I'm reading: "Tomorrow Self" by Farnam Street
This blog is an excellent encapsulation of today's newsletter topic. Being able to focus on the small pieces, and not the larger whole, can help you make tremendous progress over time.
What I'm also reading: "The Mindset you Need to Become a Better Leader" by Daniel Marcos for Inc.
I'm a sucker for a well-written article on leadership, particularly when it addresses some common shortcomings of those in leadership positions. It's a quick read with some useful information.
What I'm listening to: "Amjad Masad of Replit" on the Not Boring Podcast
Replit is an incredibly interesting company and Amjad's story is even more interesting. He is a well-spoken founder discussing the evolution of software and where he sees technology going in the future.
My new guide: Trainedwright Toughness Guide.pdf
I just launched my new guide on building mental toughness and resilience. For anyone who struggles with these concepts, look through the guide and try to apply a few of these tips.
Quote of the week:
"Habits are the compound interest of self improvement." - James Clear
That will do it for this week!
If you haven't downloaded your free copy yet, I've distilled all my tips and tricks for learning and retaining information here: Trainedwright Learning Guide.pdf
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