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Meathead Hippie Podcast #77 with James Clear

 

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James Clear, author of Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones, joins Emily in this episode of Meathead Hippie and provides incredible tools on establishing better habits while achieving long-term goals. When faced with large projects, James talks about how the size and scope of them can easily become too overwhelming. But by focusing on the fundamentals, we can begin to shift our frame of reference and work at chipping away at our goals, one step at a time. James speaks about how he personally had to dial in on making his habits consistent in order to see results later on. “Where you choose to apply the effort in your work, determines how far you go.” Additionally, James provides helpful advice for new entrepreneurs, how to prevent boredom in routines, and finding a balanced approach for the “all in/all out mindset.

 

5:00 How to Tackle Long-term Projects

  • Learning how to focus on the fundamentals when faced with long-term projects

  • Breaking up the process in small and obtainable steps and shifting your frame of reference

13:00 Optimizing on the Frequency of Habits

  • “Where you choose to apply the effort in your work, determines how far you go.”

  • How James learned how to show up consistently in order to reach his goals in writing and how he fought internal perfectionism

17:00 Advice for the New Entrepreneur

  • Allowing the first two years of work to incubate your skillset  

  • Working twice as hard to learn the fundamentals and tedious logistics before reaping the benefits later

19:20 Everything is Aiming

  • James explains the archery story and how it’s message is about releasing our desires to focus on the results instead of the process leading up to them

  • Accepting that doubt and uncertainty are part of the process - “Know that the work you are putting in is not wasted, it’s just being stored.”

34:00 Preventing Boredom From Routines  

  • Defining the Goldilocks rule: Finding a task that is just on the edge of your current ability increases your level of motivation

  • “A habit has to be established before it can be improved.”

41:00 Building New Habits

  • “The way to look at building habits is that it is not a finish line to be crossed, but a lifestyle to live.”

  • Adhering to the two-minute rule and making small, consistent improvements

44:00 All In or All Out

  • Learning how to not dismiss the little choices we make every day that are building better habits

  • “Shift your mindset and realize how small changes can compound into bigger results over time.”

51:00 Spirit Animal

 

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