Building Good Habits

Building Good Habits

Welcome to this edition of the Weekly Circle—where we start the week with a few ideas that make us think.

This week, we’re thinking about two things: 

  1. This week’s theme, of course, which is Habits, but also...
  2. How close we at Aduri are to being able to share what we’ve been working on for so long (More on that at the bottom of the email)

First, on Habits. Seth Godin puts it well: 

 

Change, real change, is the result of focused persistence. It’s easy to get sort of excited for a little while. The challenging part is that we get distracted.

Last week, we talked about decisions. Decisions are the units that make up habits.

When you make a decision over and over, it becomes a part of your way of doing something. It doesn't feel like a decision anymore.

Habits are like muscle memory, except for your brain. 

Most of the time, when we talk about habits, we’re talking about breaking bad ones—the ones that hurt us. Hitting the snooze button, choosing the less healthy menu option, scrolling on Instagram too much, etc. 

But we often discount the power of building good ones—calling an old friend to tell them you appreciate them, taking 5 minutes to sit still in the morning or walking instead of calling a car.

Breaking a bad habit can help you survive. Building a good one enables you to live. 

Most of the time, successful habits start small. Getting into a rhythm of doing something new is more important than doing it all at once. 

🤓 Your turn! What’s one habit that you’ve always wanted to build? 



A few things for you to click on:

🎥  Forget big changes, start with the smallest step first: BJ Fogg is a behavioral science expert, and in his TEDx talk, he breaks down a simple but impactful process for forming habits that last.

📖  Sticking to a Habit: In Zen Habits, Leo Babauta outlines a clear, specific list of guidelines on how to make strong habits. 

📖  Home Is A Mug of Coffee: A beautifully illustrated story from Long Reads, reminding us how habits can keep us grounded—even if everything else in our lives is changing. 
 

A little update from Aduri

For the last few months, we've been building our prototypes of the Aduri Cushion—a meditation cushion that will transform the experience of meditating. We've been sharing early versions of the experience in a few presentations and pitches at NYU, the MIT Media Lab, and most recently, the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit in Boston. It's been inspiring and fascinating to learn from the feedback of everyone we've been meeting.

We're getting ready to share this with you before we make it available to the rest of the world with a one-of-a-kind group meditation experience.

Warmly,
Jesal

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