Superhuman by Habit: A Guide to Becoming the Best Possible Version of Yourself, One Tiny Habit at a Time
First of all, what’s a habit?
A habit is an action that you take on a repeated basis with little or no required effort or thought. The power of habit lies in the second part of the definition- the bit about no required effort or thought.
Here are the top lessons from this book-
- “Twice, then quit.” The first time you want to quit your habit, do not. Push it through and do it anyway. The second time you want to quit, again don’t. Push it through once more. The third time you want to quit, you can stop.
- Plan for a variance. If you have a habit of going to the gym daily. But you can’t go to the gym while travelling. So, you need to plan for a variance. Instead, you can plan on doing push-ups or crunches during the day.
- You can do any task if you break down it into smaller habits. I have decided to read 100 books in 2018. I have made a habit of reading daily before going to sleep, and I have already read 11+ books in 2018 so far.
- Do not skip any habit twice. Skipping twice means you have to start with the habit all over. Also, don’t blame your situations or surroundings for your failure of habit, blame yourself and you’d easily improve then. That being said, be ready for failures.
- There are two types of people: those who can add any new habits easily, and those who can eliminate the old bad habits easily. Like, some people may find it easy to add healthy food articles in their diet, and some people can find it easier to stop eating junk.
- Do a terrible job for the sake of creating a habit. When I decided to write daily, I knew I wouldn’t be writing quality content always. I write at least 1 answer on Quora daily. You may check out my profile here. But I write regularly. For starters, regularity is more important than the quality.
- If you want to discard a bad habit, you first have to acknowledge it. Plan out why do you want to eliminate that habit, and then plan out the good habit that has to fill the void here.
- Remember that everyone is just trying to do their best and be happy. Just like you. This particular point can help you stop complaining in life, and makes you a more understanding human being.
- Take pride in the process, not in the results. Everybody seems to be planning for a definite goal; instead, try planning for a smooth start. Remember, well begun is half done.
- Some recommended good habits you may like to follow-
- Eat Healthy.
- Workout regularly.
- Have a sound sleep in a dark space.
- Reading books.
- Dancing, Writing, Painting to create something.
- Travel to widen your perspective.
- Analysis of your day: how much time you wasted, what goals did you accomplish etc.
- Use of calendar more wisely. Put every event on your calendar.
- Imperfect cleaning: where you get your home or workspace to a 9/10 cleanliness, but don’t worry about perfection.
My Review (Superhuman by habit)
I understand, in this era of social media where troll/meme pages glorify laziness and procrastination, how difficult it is for the most of youth to build a new healthy habit. Really, I do understand.
This book is the solution.
The book is a short one with only 101 pages.
Superhuman by habit is a 10/10 for me. Recommended to everyone who wants to know how to create new habits smoothly.
P.S. This is my book summary of “Superhuman by habit”. These points could be direct quotes from the book, and/or my thoughts and interpretation of those lines. Importantly, this write-up is dedicated to the key points from this book.
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