After reading last month’s book, I wasn’t sure I could find another that would capture my interest and excitement so fully. That is, until I discovered Gretchen Rubin’s newest read, Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives. I am completely obsessed with optimizing my life, so of course this book majorly has my attention. I’ve already started reading it and am learning so much!
Here’s an excerpt to give you an idea of what’s to come:
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When we change our habits, we change our lives. We can use decision making to choose the habits we want to form, we can use willpower to get the habit started; then—and this is the best part—we can allow the extraordinary power of habit to take over. We take our hands off the wheel of decision, our foot off the gas of willpower, and rely on the cruise control of habits.
That’s the promise of habit.
For a happy life, it’s important to cultivate an atmosphere of growth—the sense that we’re learning new things, getting stronger, forging new relationships, making things better, helping other people. Habits have a tremendous role to play in creating an atmosphere of growth, because they help us make consistent, reliable progress.
Perfection may be an impossible goal, but habits help us to do better. Making headway toward a good habit, doing better than before, saves us from facing the end of another year with the mournful wish, once again, that we’d done things differently.
Habit is notorious—and rightly so—for its ability to control our actions, even against our will. By mindfully choosing our habits, we harness the power of mindlessness as a sweeping force for serenity, energy, and growth.
Better than before! It’s what we all want.
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Will you be reading along?
P.S. Be sure to check out Gretchen Rubin’s blog for more on her pursuits of happiness and habits.