Do You Have a Unhealthy Relationship with Your Scale? - A Review of "This Time Will Be Different " by Martin Meadows
I think the worst part of self-improvement is when you realize you are at the starting line... again. When I was younger, chasing goals had a certain romantic charm. I would convince myself that I was just a handful of useful habits from happiness and permanent fulfillment. Obviously, I'm very happy I started a daily flossing habit and stopped smoking in my 20's. However, adulthood sometimes makes clear that some issues will re-appear at 3pm on a random Tuesday at your doorstep and will begin camping in your basement, just like before. Be it gorging on deep-fried Twinkies, not exercising, or forgetting to clean up after your dog, some bad habits seem to be determined to stick around for the long-term.
This week, I read the (short) book "This Time Will Be Different" by Martin Meadows. Meant to be a primer for those hard-to-maintain habits or goals that you wish to achieve, Meadows gives a breakdown on some basic ways to incorporate safeguards, rewards, restrictions, and consequences for actually accomplishing them. I have read dozens of books on self-improvement, motivation and personal development and find that most books blur the same handle of themes together in different variations, so I had low expectations. However, I will say that due to its small size (I read it in a little over an hour), succinct advice and handful of relatable stories, I thought it was a worthwhile read. The best advice in the entire book was to make sure that whatever goal or habit you want to accomplish is one that actually has negative consequences if you don't complete it. Failing to stop smoking can lead to cancer and a host of terrible illnesses. However, failing to learn Latin when you are an Indonesian cow-herder probably won't impact your life that much.