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And I absolutely mean it what I said in Headline of my comment. I have been following jamesclear.com from very long. His one article has absolutely changed my life, imagine what this book can offer to you.
I have been chasing to build many habits and experimenting with them a lot but I would always find a bit difficult to stay with my changed behavior and then while browsing on internet studying more on habits formation I stumbled on James's articles and boy this guy has the answer for habit formation.
If you are looking to form a new habit you have to read this Book.
I have never commented online on any of the books that I have read but this one deserves a lot of appreciation.
This one is for you James, in future if you ever read this comment I want to tell you that your work has hugely impacted my life. And I express my huge gratitude towards your work on Atomic Habits and the articles you post. Thank a lot for this :)
Before starting this book, write down some good habits you want to build and some bad habits you want to break. This book is filled with practical steps and examples. Yes, there are plenty of habit-building books out there (just as there are plenty of diet books but yet there are still more new books published every year). Plenty of people are seeking the right book that resonates with them. The key points in this book are: * Compound Effect - Very small changes over time will have a big impact. * Habit Building Techniques - Make good habits into routines; use positive reinforcements and other techniques outlined in the book. * Monitor and Measure - Keep track of your progress and improvements.
I have been a subscriber of James's email for a number of years and have always thoroughly enjoyed his writing. It's practical, useful and always well presented. As soon as he announced his book, I was straight on Amazon to pre-order. Although it only arrived today, I had the chance to listen to an early audio book copy. It's absolutely superb!
This book is as practical as the content of his email newsletters, and I intend on reading (or listening to) this book multiple times over so I can 'extract' as much value from it as possible. He offers background, context, stories and more, to illustrate each of his points. As with all books of this nature, merely listening is not enough; application and implementation is key to gaining value from it.
There's a good amount of additional supporting material that you can download too (links are in the book). So you not only get the book to read, but lots of extras to help you make use of what is taught.
It's an engaging listen (or read) and comes highly recommended by me! If you're unsure, search online for "James Clear", have a read of some of his content, and make a decision.
This book is just fantastic!! I am a reader of self development books especially, so I basicly study in details the books that I read, but this book I couldn't stop using my hilighters:) It seems like every idea that I read is important and I want to retain it. Amazing, fantastic, awesome, deserved to be read and kept, even in a decluttered house!! And as a conclusion, I already sstart to see improvements in my behaviours because I start to understand the psychology underneath.
I've read a lot of books on changing behavior and building habits and James Clear's Atomic Habits is my new favorite. This book is different from others in the way it covers an enormous amount of ground in the larger area of self-improvement while seamlessly tying all these ideas back into the central theme of habits.
One of the core concepts in Atomic Habits is to focus on the small improvement. The impact a 1% improvement per day can make may appear negligible at first, but Clear makes a compelling argument that in the case of habits, thinking small produces the biggest results over time. "Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement," explains Clear.
Over the months and years, the accumulated effect of small habitual daily behaviors is staggering. Early in the book we are also warned that this compounding works both ways, so we'd better make sure we're making it work in the positive direction, not for the negative.
This is a concept I was introduced to years ago under a different name - Kaizen - the Japanese term for continuous incremental improvement. What's different and new in this book is how the concept is applied specifically to building habits.
I found the information introduced in chapter two about behavior change at the identity level to be spot-on. You're also given a simple two-step process for changing your identity and this one idea alone is incredibly powerful.
In chapter three, we are introduced to the habit loop - cue, craving, response, reward - and we learn how to build good habits in 4 simple steps and break bad habits in 4 simple steps.
One of those steps to habit formation, which goes hand in hand with the 1% concept, is how to make it not only small, but easy. In the chapters that follow, this is exactly what you find out.
Other ideas of great value that stood out included, habit stacking (the best way to form a new habit), habit tracking, habit shaping and how to design your environment - physical and social - for habit building success. You learn the truth about self-control, how to stop procrastinating and how to use implementation intentions, temptation bundling and motivational rituals. The book is simply packed with actionable ideas, tactics and strategies.
Virtually every idea in the book is useful and resonated with me. While I may not agree that we should "forget about goals," I agree with one of Clear's core principles in the book - that we must develop systems for change. If we only focus on goals and don't develop systems and a focus on the process, we risk falling into a number of goal-related traps which ultimately lead to stagnation. With the right systems, we're rewarded with continuous improvement on a lifelong journey of success.
Another difference between Atomic Habits and other books in this genre is that while it's based on science it doesn't bog you down with unnecessary details of the research. Clear's book is intensely practical, giving you a huge toolkit of organized and named strategies you can apply immediately to create and strengthen positive habits and stop the negative ones.
The book is conversational, and includes many interesting stories, making it easy to read - and hard to put down (I read it cover to cover in one day).
It's possible this might become your most highlighted personal improvement book because every page is so chocked full of memorable and quotable gems of advice.
I am a Life Coach so my entire world is basically coaching habits. Instilling new habits and adjusting the old ones. I am constantly looking for anything that could potentially help my clients, and myself. Sometimes its a word, or a phrase, or an idea. In this case its most of the book. Because how the author uses plain talk, real world examples and story telling it really resonated with me. For some experts I suppose there might not be too much new here, but, the author does provide several examples of APPLICATION of the ideas. Its easy to say, "Yeah I know that already" quite another to actually go do what you know. We all know we should eat healthier, work out more, get better sleep, etc. But do we? If we do, do we do it consistently, successfully? This is where there is real horse power in this book. Lots of take aways for me and my clients. Not sure how I have gone this long without knowing about James Clear. Loved this book, super easy read, can't recommend it enough.