Atomic Habits

James Clear
Atomic Habits

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"A habit is a routine or behavior that is performed regularly—and, in many cases, automatically."

"Changes that seem small and unimportant at first will compound into remarkable results if you’re willing to stick with them for years."

"Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement. The same way that money multiplies through compound interest, the effects of your habits multiply as you repeat them. They seem to make little difference on any given day and yet the impact they deliver over the months and years can be enormous. It is only when looking back two, five, or perhaps ten years later that the value of good habits and the cost of bad ones becomes strikingly apparent."

"It’s the accumulation of many missteps—a 1 percent decline here and there—that eventually leads to a problem."

"Your outcomes are a lagging measure of your habits. Your net worth is a lagging measure of your financial habits. Your weight is a lagging measure of your eating habits. Your knowledge is a lagging measure of your learning habits. Your clutter is a lagging measure of your cleaning habits. You get what you repeat."

"Time magnifies the margin between success and failure. It will multiply whatever you feed it. Good habits make time your ally. Bad habits make time your enemy."

"Goals are about the results you want to achieve. Systems are about the processes that lead to those results."

"Goals are good for setting a direction, but systems are best for making progress."

"The purpose of setting goals is to win the game. The purpose of building systems is to continue playing the game. True long-term thinking is goal-less thinking. It’s not about any single accomplishment. It is about the cycle."

"Ultimately, it is your commitment to the process that will determine your progress."

"You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems."

"The ultimate form of intrinsic motivation is when a habit becomes part of your identity. It’s one thing to say I’m the type of person who wants this. It’s something very different to say I’m the type of person who is this."

"I didn’t start out as a writer. I became one through my habits."

"Decide the type of person you want to be. Prove it to yourself with small wins."

"The average person spends over two hours per day on social media. What could you do with an extra six hundred hours per year?"

"Lost days hurt you more than successful days help you."

"When you can’t win by being better, you can win by being different."

"The Goldilocks Rule states that humans experience peak motivation when working on tasks that are right on the edge of their current abilities."

"And as our habits become ordinary, we start derailing our progress to seek novelty."

"Professionals stick to the schedule; amateurs let life get in the way."

"The pain of failure correlates to the height of expectation."

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