Day 131: Book Review: Atomic Habits by James Clear

We all strive to live productively, both in our personal lives and in our professional lives. A specific tool that allows us to create this successful lifestyle are habits, little things that can add up to big change. A book that lays out al the ups and downs of habits and should be read by everyone is “Atomic Habits” by James Clear.

From the first page to the last, James Clear provides a step by step approach to getting 1% better every day. We have all formed habits over the years, some that work for us and some that work against us. Clear puts it best when he says, “Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement.” While 1% does not seem like a lot, over time that 1% adds up until we have created a life of incredible improvement.

Through the process of creating a good habit or breaking a bad one, there are four laws of behavior change that need to be applied. Clear spends several chapters on each law, going through the process of how to implement each one both for breaking and making habits. These laws create a framework for developing a life of purposeful habits that will push you in the direction of your goals.

The four laws for creating a good habit are: 1) Make it obvious, 2) Make it attractive, 3) Make it easy, and 4) Make it satisfying. The four laws for breaking a bag habit are: 1) Make it invisible, 2) Make it unattractive, 3) Make it difficult, and 4) Make it unsatisfying. Clear states that these four laws “can be used no matter what challenge you are facing. There is no need for completely different strategies for each habit.”

As a very goal orientated person, I am always striving for the best ways to be as productive as possible. During the summer of last year I discovered “Atomic Habits” and read through it for the first time. It instantly struck me as not only entertaining to read, I didn’t find a single page to be dry or boring, but it really helped me see how our dream lives are simply created through specific habits.

Upon reading it the second time, I was just as thrilled as the first time. But reading through it a second time really helped stress the actual importance of implementing the things the book talks about. It’s one thing to read the book and say how amazing it was, it’s another thing to read it and put the practices in place in your own life. For any book that offers practical step-by-step guides I would highly suggest reading it more than once. This is a book that I am prepared to read over and over, because it is such a hands-on guide.

“Atomic Habits” is an incredibly practical book for everyone, no matter the journey you are walking along. For those of you looking for books that will help you develop a successful lifestyle that will help you accomplish the goals and dreams you have, I would highly suggest this book. It is a guide for everyone looking to make “a commitment to tiny, sustainable, unrelenting improvements” that will guide your life to a completely different level.

James Clear put it better than anyone when he said, “Success is not a goal to reach or a finish line to cross. It is a system to improve, and endless process to refine.” And you refine that process through habits. Habits are tiny changes that lead to amazing results and this book is the guide to making them as impactful as possible.

Rating: Five Stars
Re-readability: High
Get It Here

Until Next Time,
Lillian Merritt

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