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Atomic Habits by James Clear - Book Summary

Haikal Kushahrin
Haikal Kushahrin
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Atomic Habits by James Clear - Book Summary

Take-Home Message

  1. Success isn’t about making revolutionary changes to your life, it’s about cultivating small positive habits. A tiny change might be insignificant, but when combined and magnified over time, it delivers remarkable results.
  2. To create a good habit, make it obvious, attractive, easy, and satisfying. To break a bad habit, do otherwise.
  3. The best way to stick to your habits is by habit tracking and having an accountability partner. A habit is not formed after 21 days, it is a involves sticking to it over a lifetime.

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 of endless refinement and continuous improvement. Ultimately, it is your commitment to the process that will determine your progress.
  • 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.
  • You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.
  • Goals are about the results you want to achieve. Systems are about the processes that lead to those results.
  • How to Create a Good Habit The 1st law (Cue): Make it obvious. The 2nd law (Craving): Make it attractive. The 3rd law (Response): Make it easy. The 4th law (Reward): Make it satisfying.
  • The Goldilocks Rule states that humans experience peak motivation when working on tasks that are right on the edge of their current abilities. Not too hard. Not too easy. Just right.
  • 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.
  • Decide the type of person you want to be. Prove it to yourself with small wins.

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Haikal Kushahrin

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