Perfect and specific with nice pace.
i personally loved the specificity of the techniques given.
You can literally apply and follow the advices given, step by step, one small thing at a time and create something. It is not just a theory, but a practice guide
“Don’t set goals, build systems”. I took many notes from this book. I liked that it wasn’t too overbearing with “how to” but rather a fluid way of understanding human tendencies and how we shape our behaviors. I also appreciate that he focused on effective habits rather than labeling them good or bad.
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 :)
For centuries people have understood the power of habits. Around 2,000 years ago, the Roman poet Ovid wrote, “Nothing is stronger than habit.” The 18th century English writer Samuel Johnson wrote, “The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.”
For some time now, we’ve even known how to break habits. Erasmus, a 16th century Dutch philosopher, wrote, “A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit.”
Stanford Professor B.J. Fogg has made quite a name for himself with his research and teaching of Tiny Habits.
If you have done any reading/studying around habits and changing human behavior, you might wonder if there is anything new or exciting in Atomic Habits written by James Clear.
The short answer is yes. This is a well written, well thought out approach to changing habits.
Mr. Clear starts by showing why changing behavior is so difficult. Most people approach behavior change from a wanting something different standpoint. A few improve their odds by approaching behavior change from a process standpoint. As Mr. Clear points out, unless you approach behavior change from aligning your long-term behavior with your core beliefs, you have little chance of succeeding. Instead of focusing on the have or doing, you must first focus on who you wish to be. There is a short hand for this – Be – Do and then Have.
Mr. Clear then guides the reader on a four-step process showing how any behavior is created and developed into a habit. He calls this Cue – Craving – Response (action) – Reward.
To create a new habit, you need to 1) Make if obvious 2) Make it attractive 3) Make it easy and 4) Make it satisfying. To break a habit, simply do the reverse 1) Make it invisible, 2) Make it unattractive 3) Make it difficult and 4) Make it unsatisfying.
The book is thoroughly engaging. Mr. Clear is an accomplished writer. His writing style is very conversational. He illustrates the concepts with engaging, real stories.
You will be a slave to your habits. You also have the power to choose the ones you want in your life – they can serve you or rule you. This book gives you all the tools and information you need to dramatically change your life by changing your habits.
Disclaimer: I scored the jackpot and got my grubby paws on this early.
I didn't see myself getting especially excited about this book. I was like, "OK James. I like you. You seem like a nice guy. Your work is very link-able and that's made my life simpler on many an occasion. I TOTALLY FEEL SPECIAL because you have involved me (*marginally) in your ~process~. But habits? *yawn* What-evvvvver. Btw, I already know LIKE EV-UH-RYTHING because I read Charles Duhigg's book and was early on the Fogg method game. Ergo: I am The Expert. Bow down b*tches." <--Ok just kidding on that last line. But BA-sicallyy.
My inner world is................. a special place.
I didn't think I was going to get hype about a book about habits, yet here we are. I am hype about a book.... about habits. Why??? Why has this drama-loving, big picture adoring, enthusiastic creature shifted keys to start singing song of habits? Because it's unflattering. And that's EXACTLY why we need to self-examine.
Here's the thing:
Every person reading this review (also, hi!) has bad habits.
Every person reading this review has good ones.
And - I would wager - every person reading this review has unfinished business.
There's some dream, change, or new echelon of self-actualization you have yet to inhabit. The problem isn't your ambitions -- it's your habits. James wrote something powerful I will directly quote when writing with book in hand. The message is this: success isn't determined by the scale of your dreams. Winners and losers have the same dreams. But the winners have better habits.
There are a number of ~juicy nuggets~ that will come out of the woodwork to slap your b*tch-ass into line. I doubled back on more than one occasion. Check out his Instagram -- he's been sharing a number of nice one liners. But if you're like......... 80% of the way there, you might as well.
This book is:
- Grounded <-- woah!
- Readable <-- nice.
1. If you're this deep in the reviews section, buy the book.
2. Seriously, buy the book.
3. Mentally accept that James Clear will not personally pry the donut from your grip and supervise your situps.
4. Listen to Your Audio Download
5. Learn things.
6. Implement said things.
7. Rinse repeat.
Thanks for reading along. It's been an honor! *hat tip, bows*
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.
I was aware of many concepts of this book through the web site of the author jamesclear.com In fact that the place from where I came to know James first time. The article on habits where he mentions process is important than goals was my starting point. I continued reading his updates through the consistent newsletter he publishes through his site.
Once the book was announced and available it was a no brainer for me to purchase my own copy to have all the concepts in one place and to go through the ideas in succession.
This book provides supplementary material like cheat sheet and templates which are very useful for planning your own habit profile and continuous improvement.
This book is action oriented. The concepts present an action plan for trying them in your own situation and to practice the ideas directly in day to day life. This makes the book an instruction manual for nurturing good habits and killing bad habits. I was able to immediately relate to many new habits to start and many not so good habits I can stop and avoid using the identification pattern provided in the book.
The principle presented in the book about understanding who to become, that is finding out what identity to achieve instead of just starting or stopping a habit is very helpful.
One important aspect of this book is the to the point summary provided after every chapter. Once you have read the book this summary helps recall all the concepts in short time and becomes a concise model to revise the concepts.
The book is engaging and is suitable for reading cover to cover as it provides many stories and references. As the concept of process than goals was already known to me through the Learning How to Learn MOOC at Coursera, I was glad to find the same concept mentioned in this book and was able to relate quickly with the principles.
The book also becomes a workbook and reference material once you have gone through it. The chapters are divided into sections which can be referred for particular situation in hand.
I will recommend this book for anyone who is eager to understand why habits are formed and how to nurture good habits and avoid bad ones.