PATH Book Picks: Habits

The PATH Assessment® has four modes — Purpose, Approach, Thinking, and Habits — which identify our go-to problem-solving processes. Everyone accesses all the modes at different times, but we only have one dominant mode. We’ve put together the PATH Picks list to help you learn more about each of the modes and how to maximize them in different ways.

Habits are practiced behaviors or actions you take to solve problems. When your response to a problem is to grab the bull by the horns, you’re functioning in the Habits mode. Check out the books that have helped us grow our Habits traits:

1. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Ones

Whether wanting to break a bad habit or start implementing new habits (like meditating before you start your day), this book is for you. Learn how start making small changes in your life and reshape the way you think about progress and success. 

“If you’re having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn’t you. The problem is your system. Bad habits repeat themselves again and again not because you don’t want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change. You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. Here, you’ll get a proven system that can take you to new heights.” – Goodreads

2. Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind

This book goes hand-in-hand with Atomic Habits to help create the most successful routines in your life.

“Do you work at a breakneck pace all day, only to find that you haven’t accomplished the most important things on your agenda by the time you leave the office? With wisdom from 20 leading creative minds, 99U’s Manage Your Day-to-Day will equip you with pragmatic insights for using your time wisely and making your best work. We’ll show you how to build a rock-solid daily routine, field a constant barrage of messages, find focus amidst chaos, and carve out the time you need to do the work that matters.” – Goodreads

3. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

We love this encouraging read and how inspiration lies within each of us. 

Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Gilbert offers insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.” – Goodreads

4. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference 

Learn how to identify people who can help you achieve your dreams and learn their habits.  

“The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas.

Gladwell introduces us to the particular personality types who are natural pollinators of new ideas and trends, the people who create the phenomenon of word of mouth. He analyzes fashion trends, smoking, children’s television, direct mail, and the early days of the American Revolution for clues about making ideas infectious, and visits a religious commune, a successful high-tech company, and one of the world’s greatest salesmen to show how to start and sustain social epidemics.”

5. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

One of the best-selling management and leadership books of our time, Stephen R. Covey discusses habits of the most successful people in the world and how to apply their same habits to our own lives.

“Every so often a book comes along that not only alters the lives of readers but leaves an imprint on the culture itself. The 7 Habits is one of those books.” —Daniel Pink, New York Times bestselling author of When and Drive – Amazon

Don’t forget to read our Purpose, Approach, and Thinking picks!

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