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Stephen Guise – Elastic Habits How to Create Smarter Habits That Adapt to Your Day

Stephen Guise – Elastic Habits How to Create Smarter Habits That Adapt to Your Day
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#184 in Personal Health
#557 in Self-Help (Kindle Store)
#864 in Complementary Medicine

Matches: Mindset / Achievement?

Source: https://www.amazon.com/Elastic-Habits-Create-Smarter-Adapt-e…

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Summary

Elastic habits are easier to form, more impactful, more fun, and more resilient than habits formed with any other strategy.

These flexible habits are just as easy to form as a mini habit, but with 3x the results (or more). To explain how and why this is possible, here’s a hypothetical scenario involving my greatest fear in the world… bears.

Imagine you’re trail running in the woods, trying to set a new personal best time. Out of the corner of your eye, you see a large brown object moving towards you with great speed. And now it’s upon you. You gaze up in horror at a roaring mother grizzly bear. What do you do?

Continue running (adrenaline boost!)
Tackle the bear
Play dead
Call out “Jumanji”
Go ahead and play dead. It gives you the best chance of surviving a grizzly attack. But if you treated this situation as we are taught to treat goals and habits, you wouldn’t have that option. You’d have just one option, because most goals and habits are unchanging. So here’s your one option.

1. Continue running (certain death)

You had a plan (trail running), but your environment changed (momma bear). Whenever that happens, you must adapt to the unexpected situation for the best result. In the case of a bear attack, it can save your life. In the case of behavior change, it can save your habits.

This concept doesn’t only apply in a negative way, either. There will be times in which a situation is more favorable than anticipated, in which case, adapting to seize the opportunity is in your best interest. But if you follow any other habit book’s advice, they will tell you to do the same thing every day, to be inflexible.

The Result of Static Habits
If your static habit is small, you’ll achieve remarkable consistency (mini habits). But on days in which you can do more, it will feel (and possibly be) wrong to aim for something that easy. Over time, this may frustrate you.

If your static habit is large, you’ll have occasional big wins, but whenever life sends you a figurative grizzly bear, you’ll fail and your habit may die young.

Small habits are the best choice if you choose to form a static habit, but here’s why you shouldn’t.

The Power of Elastic Habits
No two days are the same. By making your habits elastic, you can adapt your aim to conquer every unique day of your life. You will still be surprised by the crazy happenings of life, no doubt, but you will no longer be unprepared for them.

Elastic habits give you an answer for every situation. They destroy excuses naturally, by saying, “Okay. How about doing this instead?” If normal habits are a hammer, elastic habits are your grandfather’s garage, a magical place with a tool for every need. It’s not a burden to have a hammer, a wrench, and a screwdriver—you simply select the one you need for the job.

In this book, you’ll find a comprehensive framework of elasticity for habit building. Elastic materials are stronger than rigid, brittle materials because they can adapt to pressure. The same is true for habits. Any dread or sense of monotony you’ve felt about forming habits will disappear, because this system is dynamic and exciting.

Your elastic habits can survive threats and thrive in favorable circumstances. There’s no downside because they’re simply a smarter version of the habits we typically try to form.

Read Elastic Habits, and you’ll soon discover the power and freedom of smarter, flexible habits that adapt to your day.

Editorial Reviews
Review
Author Guarantee: I will never buy, trade, or otherwise ask for a favorable review. Here are some quotes from Amazon reviewers:

“Simply the best habit formation book I have ever read — and I’ve read a lot of them!”
~ B. Thomas (verified purchase)

“This book is going to force every other book about goals and habits to rethink their stance. Typical goals take a super-person to attain because they’re inflexible, this one operates in real life with fallible humans. At some point as you read this book you’ll have an “Aha!” moment when its truth sinks in, and you’ll see how, in its simplicity, it will work. Elastic habits will work for me daily, no matter what kind of day I’ve had (or have before me). I can see myself pursuing my goals through my habits the whole year, not just fizzling out come March. This is the most valuable book I’ve ever read on habits and goals, and I’ve read a lot! It deserves more than 5 stars.”
~ Brenda Cobb Murphy (verified purchase)

“Read it if you want to change your life in a positive way with little chance of failing.”
~ Amazon Customer (verified purchase)

“With more ways to win, habit creation is once again exciting. I highly recommend this book.”
~ M. Gonzalez (verified purchase)

“I wondered how he could have improved on “Mini Habits” in any meaningful way. But let me tell you: I am SO excited about this book and the new habit system he has in place. It’s pure genius!
~ Mrs. David (verified purchase)

“This fact of life makes it difficult to establish the sorts of routines that one might like to establish. And so we see a proliferation of books and apps to help us do that. This is the only one I’ve seen that takes into account the unexpected interruptions, the variety, the fluctuating energy levels, the many manifestations of change in our lives, and leverages that very variability to get us where we want to be.”
~ Jane Cassidy (verified purchase)
From the Author
Flexible is the New Small
My book Mini Habits started the small habit revolution in the publishing world in late 2013. Over 400,000 copies sold and 18 languages later, small habits are still an effective path for habit development, but they are no longer the best path. Flexible habits are.

Elastic habits retain all of the benefits of mini habits, but they add powerful upward potential. They will grow with you at the pace you desire. As you reach increased levels of proficiency in an area, you can easily modify your daily goals to suit your skill and habit level. The only ceiling is mastery.

Elastic habits will expand or bend on any day, but they won’t break. Make your habits elastic, and you won’t ever go back to the rigid ways of the past.

Available: Everyone, straight after you have a pizza
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