“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
Here we are! I like this quote because it aligns perfectly with a book I’m reading, called Elastic Habits by Stephen Guise. His new book describes how to have flexible habits so that on days that suck, you do the bare minimum to continue your streak, medium level habits for normal days when you are motivated to get something done, and elite level for those days that you are wired to crush the day. He also provides alternative tasks that augment your goals. Let’s say you want to get in the habit of exercising every day.
You could pick weight exercises, cardio exercises, and perhaps a sport like swimming, basketball, or tennis. On a bad day, you do a pushup, walk for a minute, or knock a few balls around on the court. For your medium-level you could do 20 pushups, or a 20-minute run, or play a set of tennis with a friend. For elite-level you could do 100 pushups, run for 45 minutes, or swim 10 laps in the pool. This lateral as well as multiple levels of your habits, provide you with maximal choice and the ability to elevate or deflate your daily accomplishments based on your mood, time available or energy available.
If you are interested, you can pick up a copy on Amazon. Elastic Habits on Amazon.
I am not an affiliate, just a HUGE fan of Stephen’s work. The book will run you 7.99 and is only available in e-book form.
The advice provided by Confucius aligns perfectly with this book, because Stephen provides you a mechanism to always take one step forward with all of your habits. I can’t recommend this book enough!
Here’s my week:
- Get an advertisement in the Jeffersonian for my book discussion on Dreams
- Get copyright message on Poster for book discussion on Dreams
- Help my wife study for a teacher’s certification test daily
- Exercise daily (see workout routine)
- Eat a vegetarian breakfast (altered from my workout routine for breakfast instead of lunch) daily
- Meditate daily
- Take online classes daily
- Blog daily
- Work on my fiction book daily (outlining, story beats, character development, world creation, etc.)
- Read a chapter daily
- Post quotes daily
- Share an article daily
- Eat out for lunch daily
Well, that’s it for this week folks. I hope all of you achieve your goals and have fun while you are doing it. Living a life with healthy habits is a wonderful thing. This new book, Elastic Habits, will show you how to do it with no chance of failure.
Have a GREAT week, folks!
Until next time…