7 Quality Habits (Stolen From An Expert) I’m Focused On Every Day In 2022

#2 Get an early win each morning.

Chase Arbeiter
8 min readJan 18, 2022


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As I’ve written about many times before, I believe in the power of reading.

So, in 2022, I’m focused on some daily habits that I learned from my 2022 reading. I’m stealing them from people much smarter than me. As the author, Austin Kleon, wrote, “Start copying what you love. Copy copy copy copy. At the end of the copy you will find your self.”

Here are seven pretty simple habits (from people much smarter than me) that you can put into your life each day in 2022, and I expect you’ll find some significant differences in your life.

Live In The Gain — Measure Success Backwards

Too often in life, we measure ourselves against something or someone.

This year focus on measuring yourself against yourself and how far you’ve come, not where you want to go. “The way to measure your progress is backward against where you started,” said entrepreneur coach Dan Sullivan, “not against your ideal.”

Judging ourselves and our progress in life can be incredibly tiresome, especially when we do it in an unhealthy way. This judgment on ourselves ultimately becomes a comparison, internally and externally.

Instead, take where you are today and compare where you were a year ago, six months ago, or a month ago. See the gains. Acknowledge them, even if they are small. Then get back to work on making more progress, more gains.

Every evening take a few minutes to write down three wins you experienced that day. It could be anything:

  • I had a great day with the family.
  • I wrote the 1st draft of an article.
  • I worked out for 30 minutes.
  • I finished a chapter in the book I’m reading.

Just do it without judgment. Then write down three wins you will accomplish tomorrow. That’s living in the gain by measuring backward.

“When you’re in the GAIN, you value your experiences — all of them.

— Dr. Benjamin Hardy, co-author of The Gap And The Gain



Chase Arbeiter

Building a 7-figure one-person writing business | Articles about the process, challenges, and insights | More long walks & pool days with family—less meetings.