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Atomic Habits – James Clear

Atomic Habits – James Clear

Atomic Habits is one such book which a person should definitely read at least once in their lifetimes. I would even go on to say that the sooner you read this book, the better. James Clear does not talk about the same old stuff about setting your goals and how to achieve them but he goes on to the microscopic level and dissects each and every goal into a habit. As the title suggests, this book talks about habits, and how these habits can make or break us. If anyone is at a point in their lives where nothing makes sense even despite your efforts and motivations, this book can provide you with practical answers.

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James Clear starts this book with his own story, that how he suffered something when he was younger and how he overcame that and achieved all that he did. At the core of this book is the idea that if you choose one habit and work at it every day, then eventually it becomes a solid habit, and we can achieve anything we want with that. James Clear puts emphasis on the 1% rule, that if you improve one per cent every day then by a year you’d have improved exponentially. But there’s a caveat to that, it won’t happen overnight and will require consistent efforts.

This book is a manual on how we can start small and by the use of compounding how we can develop habits over time. James Clear talks about four laws of behavioural change in his book: Make it obvious, make it attractive, make it easy and make it satisfying. All the chapters in the book are provided with chapter summary which helps to sum up all the things that are said in the chapter. This book is a really easy read especially for the self-help genre. This book dives deep into the psychological aspect of the habit formation and deals with the basics of it. At some points it does begin to sound a little preachy but despite that its very practical and does not overwhelm its readers.

Another important thing that this book talks about is, to focus on systems rather than on goals. According to James Clear many people make goals in their lives similar to one another but they fail to achieve them. He says that we should focus on building systems rather than goals. Then he talks about focusing on our identity rather than on goals, meaning that if we begin to start identifying ourselves as what we want to be then we’ll start building those habits in ourselves. One particular chapter which struck the right chords with me was one where he explains how our environment impacts us and that we can never heal in the environment which damaged us.

This book is filled with practical lessons which can go a long way in our lives and at any point in our lives we can develop these habits, therefore at whatever stage of life you are in, you can definitely give this book a try. Its good that if you keep a physical copy with you and read it over and over for you to develop those habits in yourself.

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