Small wins, tiny changes – big impact
I have just finished reading Atomic Habits by James Clear.
The 2018 book sub-title says it all – an easy and proven way to build good habits and break bad ones.
In this case the author refreshingly delivers on his promise.
I did find Atomic Habits easy to read, practical and offers a number of useful insights.
In a world of disruptive technology where innovation seemingly has to be big, the idea that you can make a significant difference by making small changes to your brand, business and life is a profound shift.
I too agree with this approach. It is why I developed Small Wins Innovation. as a faster, easier and more engaging way to innovate than disruption for example.
The author’s ideas also remind me of Nudge Theory where as the name suggests sometimes just a little nudge can influence a decision or action.
One of the aspects I particularly like about James Clear model is the idea of building a habit.
According to Clear, a habit is a routine or behaviour that is performed regularly.
If you can make a small change (e.g. 10 pushups a day) then these can compound into remarkeable results over years.
In the book, James makes a convincing case that you should forget about goals and focus more on a system to achieve these. Developing a system of say 1 percent improvements every days for example means that you continuously make progress, learn, grow and stay motivated.
The author outlines 4 small change laws in developing a desirable habit:
– Make it obvious
– Make it attractive
– Make it easy
– Make it satisfying
There is another big advantage of thinking small that I have found as well.
People are more likely to experiment and take risks. If you have to bet your house on a new venture then most people shy away but if you are risking something tiny then you are more willing to give it a go.
This creates a culture of play, experimentation, curiosity and innovation.
Atomic Habits is well worth a read.