"ATOMIC HABITS" (Chapter 18): Choose the Right Field of Competition | Keto Mom Book Club
Updated: Oct 11
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There are times where you're going to be naturally gifted at things, and you want to do what you love. I could tell you to get up in the morning and read this book, eat all those different things. But you also have to pick the avenue, the workouts or the way that you want to eat. There are things that you naturally will do better than I will. There are things that you enjoy more than I do, and vice versa. The book is going to give you a guide, but you have to ask yourself what do you love to do. It doesn't mean it's not hard, but what do you love to do and what satisfies you.
Points to Ponder
00:23 "Atomic Habits" by James Clear
01:27 Consistency of reading and taking action
03:04 Creating healthy habits
03:59 The right field of competition
05:32 Do what you love
05:46 Healthy ways to eat
07:17 Everything that you're going to read is a guide
07:28 You can do more than you think
07:45 Embrace the strategy
08:35 Genes do not determine your destiny
08:40 Do not compare yourself
09:37 The goal is to try out many possibilities
09:50 In summary
11:29 Wisdom, knowledge and growth
Full Episode Transcript
Good morning! Happy Monday, I hope you all had an incredible Fourth of July weekend, if you're in the United States. If you're not, I hope you had an incredible weekend with your family. We are diving into chapter eighteen, my hope was you got to catch up. If you are just depending on where you're at, it's not a big deal if you're not on chapter eighteen, but we are almost done with "Atomic Habits" by James Clear. My hope is that you have learned something, and you've implemented it into your life so that you will grow and reach your goals. The point of reading and mindset is to help create habits and systems.
To help get your mindset right, to think positive and not negative, to believe that you can. Because if you're just going after a simple goal of fat loss, and you're not feeling your mind right, then guess what happens?
Usually, you maybe have a rough weekend or a rough week, or you fall off track and you don't get yourself back on. So wherever you're at in the book, it doesn't matter.
The point is consistency of reading and taking action. Anything that you read, whether you're watching me or you're watching somebody else, you're learning a new tip or trick and the point is to do it.
And so chapter Eighteen, we've only got two more chapters after this and then we're going to dive into the book called "The Traveler's Gift", which will be great. It's a completely new kind of book. If you're brand new post new below. I'd love to know where you're tuning in from and how was your weekend. And I'm going to be reading every single day. I already read every single day, but I'm going to be sharing with you on lots of different books. I don't have the book picked out for August, but I will very soon. The next book we're going through it's called "The Traveler's Gift". Do you want to have any one of those books? We went through the "Miracle Morning" and, "Rain or shine" in May. We're going through "Atomic Habits, it give you specific action steps. While the "The Traveler's Gift" is really more of a mindset book. It's going to be talking about perspective. It's an incredible book through storytelling, but really like, it's probably one of the best books I've ever read. So chapter Eighteen, he talks about the truth about talent. "When genes matter, and when they don't"... Oftentimes you'll hear people go that family was lucky, they were born with good genetics. They were born of good genes, they've got skinny jeans, I've got fat jeans. I'm just going to talk to you about like physical, but this can be in financial and your business and relationships too.
This book isn't just about fat loss, it's about creating healthy habits to get you to where you want to go. So he always tells a story, he always gives you some science and data.
He talks about two different athletes that win in the Olympics. One is a swimmer, Michael Phelps, one is a runner, I can't say his name. But he talks about how they had the exact same pants size, but completely different body shape. Michael Phelps wouldn't have the body to go and win the race that this runner did. He talks about how they really figure out what's best for them, and what they go after it. Some would say Michael Phelps is just gifted at swimming. He was just a gifted swimmer, that's why he won. And so he really dives into things that you're going to naturally be good at, and it takes hard work. So this is what he says.
"The secret to maximizing your odds of success is to choose the right field of competition. This is just as true with habit changing as it is with sports and business. Habits are easier to form and more satisfying to stick with when they align with your natural inclination and ability"...
It's like Michael Phelps is in the pool, or this other athlete is on the track. You want to play the game or your odds are in your favor. I'll give you an example I was thinking about this this morning. I have two sisters, they're runners. And my sister just ran a marathon here in Minnesota. She ran the so called "Grandma's marathon". And she Boston qualified, she ran it in three hours and twenty seven minutes. She's an incredible runner, and my sister loves running. She's always tried to get me to run. I'm not saying that I can't run. If I put my mind to it, I a hundred percent, probably could be a runner. I'm built similar to my sister and I don't like running. So it's not the fact that I can't do it.
But if I were to force myself to go and do it, my mindset right now is, I hate running. I love to lift weights. So I was lifting weights this morning. And I want to get stronger, I just have a different drive, it's completely different. We both want to be in shape, we both have different avenues of the way we want to get there. And so he basically says, there are times where you're going to be naturally gifted at things, and you want to do what you love. I could tell you to get up in the morning and read this book, eat all those different things. But you also have to pick the avenue, the workouts or the way that you want to eat. There's a lot of different healthy ways to eat, there are things that you naturally will do better than I will. There are things that you enjoy more than I do, and vice versa. So it's not like the book isn't going to hand you a here's how to get fit, here's the only way to create habits, here's the only way to eat or here's the only way to work out.
This is going to give you a guide, but you have to ask yourself what do you love to do. It doesn't mean it's not hard, but what do you love to do and what satisfies you.
I love to lift weights, and I love to be sore, to the point where I can't even sit on the toilet without my legs hurting so bad. It's weird, I know, but I love the feeling of being sore. My girlfriend came over yesterday, Kelly. And she asked, don't you have a goal of doing a hundred pushups a day? Let's do them, and so we did them together, and I'll cop out and do some of my knees. And she'll say, I thought you wanted to get stronger, so get your knees off the ground. All right, so we did the hundred pushups together, not on my knees. It was hard. Nobody's going to be able to map out completely of what you should do.
Everything that you're going to read is a guide to help you on your journey, to figure out what your loving, what pushes you, an accountability, and to realize you can do more than you think.
But it's going to be a simpler process. If you do the things that you naturally love, maybe you love to swim. Maybe you love to ride a bike, maybe you love to play with your kids. And your goal is just to move your body by playing with your kids throughout the day. So that's what this chapter is about, he says embrace the strategy. He says "The people at the top of any competition field are not only well trained, but they are well suited for the task. And this is why if you want to truly be great, select the right things to focus on is crucial"... What are you naturally good at, and you might say nothing, but that's not true. There are things that you probably would love, if you went out and did it, and it doesn't mean you have to be perfect. It's not even going to be easy, but how would you like to go move your body? How would you like to eat healthier?
There are things that you naturally would enjoy more than me. In short, he says genes do not determine your destiny, they determine the area of opportunity. Do not compare yourself to somebody else. My sister and I are built similar, but we have different interests. And that's okay. All right, then he goes into how to personally influence your habits.
He says you don't have to build the habits everyone tells you to build. Choose the habits that are best suited for you. The ones that are best suited for you. You are most likely to enjoy the things that come easier to you.
So if you're watching this, what did you do when you were younger? What sports did you play, what kind of workouts did you do, deep down what do you long to do and so go do those things. Pick the right habits and the progress is easy, Pick the wrong habits and life is a struggle. So this chapter is great, the goal is to try out many possibilities, research and then stick with the ones that you enjoy.
There's again, there's so much to it. I'm just going to read the basic summary because that's great. In summary, one of the best ways to ensure your habit remains satisfying over long term, over the long run is to pick behaviors that align with your personality and your skill. Work hard on the things that come easier. So the secret to maximizing your odds of success is to choose the right field of competition. It's not always about genes, it's about working hard, but finding the things that you love. So that's chapter eighteen and we only have Chapters nineteen and twenty, we're almost done. Chapter nineteen is how to stay motivated in life and work. So we'll go through that tomorrow. We'll go through chapter twenty, on Wednesday. The downside of creating good habits, and then you are done with this book. The reason I love to have a book on hand is because I love to be able to go back and just look at the highlights and look at what I've read. It's a good reminder. And then we're gonna dive into this book on Thursday.
Or maybe I should give you this week to order and we'll dive into it on Monday, and I'll just do some review on habits Okay, we're going to dive into "The Traveler's Gift" on Monday. So if you want to grab it, or you can check it out here, you can watch the lives that I do. I love to read, I read every morning and my husband reads every morning.
I think it's super important in any area of your life. Wisdom, knowledge and growth comes by reading, listening to podcasts or listening to books.
So I hope you're enjoying it. Always reach out with questions. There are recipes, tips and tricks and everything that you need on this page. Reach out any if you're brand new, reach out, and I would love to hear your goals. If you're not brand new, and you're here and you just need to get back on track. Whatever it is, send me a message I would love to help you. Otherwise, I hope you guys have an incredible day. We'll start this book on Monday. Continue to tune in for the next few days to review habits and the Miracle Morning and we'll talk to you soon.
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