"Atomic Habits" by James Clear - a System for Developing Good Habits
I just finished reading “Atomic Habits,” by James Clear (Random House 2018). This book shows how small (atomic) habits compound over time for or against you. Instead of focusing on goals, you should focus on systems that lead to results you want to achieve. Achieving goals is temporary, but developing and refining the systems that lead to accomplishing goals gives rise to continuous improvement over time. For example, once you achieve your goal of running a marathon, you may stop running altogether. However, if you create and focus on a system that allows you to run long distances, then you are likely to continue that training and long distance running long after you complete the marathon. Clear shares his four-step system (cue, craving, response and reward and the four laws of behavior change that evolve from these steps) for developing good habits and breaking bad habits. This is an excellent book if you want to build systems to help you continually improve and stay motivated in life and work.