Atomic: an extremely small amount of a thing; the single irreducible unit of a larger system. Atomic: the source of immense energy or power. Habit: a routine or practice performed regularly; an automatic response to a specific situation. Changes that seem small and unimportant at first will compound into remarkable results if you’re willing to stick with them for years. We all deal with setbacks but in the long run, the quality of our lives often depends on the quality of our habits. With the same habits, you’ll end up with the same results. But with better habits, anything is possible. Start small. “To write a great book, you must first become the book.” - Naval Ravikant. Search for a tiny margin of improvement in everything you do. Getting 1 percent better every day counts for a lot in the long-run. Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement. It's only when looking back two, five, or perhaps ten years later that the value of good habits and the cost of bad ones becomes strikingly apparent. Success if the product of daily habits—not once-in-a-lifetime transformations. Your outcomes are a lagging measure of your habits. You get what you repeat. Time magnifies the margin between success and failure. Your habits can compound for you or against you. Productivity compounds. Knowledge compounds. Relationships compound.. Stress compounds. Negative thoughts compound. Outrage compounds. Habits often appear to make no difference until you cross a critical threshold and unlock a new level of performance. A hallmark of any compounding process: the most powerful outcomes are delayed. Mastery requires patience. All big things come from small beginnings. Goals are about the results you want to achieve. Systems are about the processes that lead to those results. Results had very little to do with the goals I set and nearly everything to do with the systems I followed. Goals are about the results you want to achieve. Systems are about the processes that lead to those results. The only way to actually win is to get better each day.