There are two books I recommend for learning about habits: "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg and "Atomic Habits" by James Clear. The Power of Habit explains the science behind habit-formation — including the formula we can use to build our own habits — while Atomic Habits provides a practical approach to habit-formation in our daily lives.
The reason I recommend these books so regularly is because of the power of habits. Their importance cannot be understated. They are fundamental building blocks to living our best, most-productive lives.
For each goal I set, there is almost always an associated habit to help me achieve it. For example, if I set a goal to read 12 books this year, then I need to build a reading habit. Or if I want to run a marathon, then I need to build a running and exercise habit.
Scott Adams, the creator of 'Dilbert', has famously said "Goals are for losers." While I don't entirely agree with his sentiment, I do believe the focus on goals over habits (systems) is where people miss. If you want to lose 10 pounds, setting the goal won't get you there. The habits — or "systems" as I like to think of them — will help you lose those 10 pounds.
Learn about habits to establish systems and hit your goals.