Book Review: “Atomic Habits” by James Clear

“Life changing, completely life changing” – that is what I was thinking after finishing this book. It was recommended by my Executive Coach Jill Livesey

My key take-aways were:

  1. To change habits we need to focus on our identity. If you identify as a non-smoker then you will be a non-smoker whereas if you think you’re trying to give up, that’s also what you’ll be doing.
  2. Creating habits is compounding both for or against you.
  3. Focus on creating systems rather than setting goals.
  4. Creating habits change your beliefs about yourself.
  5. Creating a trigger is the easiest way to create a habit.
  6. Habit stacking is using a habit ending to trigger the next habit and keep going.
  7. Good habits: make them obvious, attractive, easy & satisfying.
  8. Bad Habits: make them invisible, unattractive, difficult & unsatisfying.

Even though this book is positioned about creating good habits, its true value is to use it to create habits which will themselves change your identity and your self-beliefs. Changing those positively is life-changing, completely life-changing.

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