When you fall in love with the process you can be satisfied anytime your system is running

What have you been doing to de-stress? My go to de-stressor has been running. During high school I slacked off in gym class and frequently ran 13 minute miles. We’d walk when the teacher couldn’t see us. Now I’m running 5 miles every other day.

In this blog post I’m going to discuss how the habits in James Clear’s book, Atomic Habits, have helped me re-frame running. Now running is a fun activity that I really enjoy and even look forward to.

I’m surprised that I’ve latched on to this hobby as much as I have. I’ve been running 5 miles around Kapiolani park every other day for weeks now.

Why do I run? I love it. Not the run, but my ability to get my shoes on, get outside, and start running.

“When you fall in love with the process rather than the product, you don’t have to wait to give yourself permission to be happy. You can be satisfied anytime your system is running.” ― Clear

I’ve set the goal to get downstairs every other day. The run runs itself. I just have to take the smallest action then I can hang back and just let it happen.

“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity.” – Clear

I read online that we should be taking this opportunity to form new habits so we will be even better off once the Corona virus situation has concluded.

“You should be far more concerned with your current trajectory than with your current results.” ― Clear

As long as I’m downstairs with my shoes on in the morning I consider it a win.

“You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.” ― Clear

What kinds of habit systems are you developing during this forced downtime? Contact me I’d love to hear about it!

Author: David Neely

Professional Software Developer. Technology and Web Coordinator at the University of Hawaii's Manoa Career Center.