I just finished reading the book Atomic Habits. A friend loaned it to me, and I was not sure how I would feel about it. My feelings were a bit influenced by having listened to a review of it on By the Book (a podcast where they read self-help books and live by them).

While I did not necessarily agree with everything in the book, I thought it had some great information and wisdom.

This one really spoke to me: “The first mistake is never the ones that ruins you. It is the spiral of repeated mistakes that follow”.

So true, isn’t it? I tend to just give up if I mess up once. And it’s often harder to restart a habit after missing it than it is to start in the first place.

For example, I walked/moved my body at least 20 minutes a day every day in 2020 and 2021. Then in January of 2022, I got COVID and missed several days. The same thing happened to me back in 2012 and 2013. I went over a year moving my body six days a week and then fell down the stairs and broke my toe and a bone in my foot.

Did I have good reasons both times for missing a few days? Of course. BUT I let those reasons turn into excuses of why I wasn’t moving my body.

The other line from the book I want to discuss today is this one: “When successful people fail, they rebound quickly”.

I want to be successful. If I make a mistake. Wait, scratch that. WHEN I make a mistake, I want to be able to rebound quickly and move forward with my good habits.

There are some other things from the book that I will be discussing in the next few weeks, so stay tuned.

Have you read Atomic Habits? What were your thoughts?


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