I’m following up on my newsletter from yesterday about making a lifestyle change that sticks. I shared the five factors that worked for me, but there is another critical factor that will help you be successful with any personal or professional goal:
Optimizing your environment.
This tip comes from James Clear’s excellent book, Atomic Habits. He talks about how we expect our willpower, strength, and grit to carry the day when we want to change our behavior.
However, our environment has a much more significant effect, which often determines success vs. failure.
“It is important to remember that the environment drives our good behaviors as well as our bad ones. People who seem to stick to good habits with ease are often benefitting from an environment that makes those behaviors easier.” — James Clear
Redesigning your environment can help you avoid bad habits. It can also remove friction when you’re trying to acquire good habits.
When I was regaining my health and fitness, I restructured my e…