Atomic Habits

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Atomic Habits


This is the most impactful book for tangible life changes I've found. Atomic Habits is filled with practical systems for changing your habits. Whether you're looking to create new ones or break bad ones.


I read this book in 2019 and since then a lot has changed for me. I have met career goals and fitness goals and continue to grow all because of this book.

In November of 2021 I started at a new job as a software engineer which was the the culmination of years of hard work. Here at the end of 2022, my fitness is in the best place its been since high school.

This tweet is a case in point:

Tweet from @pickleat that says: I've become a person who exercises on the weekends. 🤯 I'm really proud of myself and who I've become over the last several years health-wise. #AtomicHabits

Both of those (and other habits) are because of Atomic Habits. It's changed my life for the better and I want to share that with others.

What this book isn't.

If you are looking for philosophical or spiritual reasoning for improvement, this isn't the book for you. It isn't a book that will appeal to your "soul".

Not to say it doesn't motivate. It does.

Clear uses real life examples of success to prove his main points. Stories of folks accomplishing their goals beyond their natural ability.

What is this book then?

Simple and Practical. This book and what espouses is simple: don't miss two days in a row, make it obvious, make it small.

But "simple" does not mean change is easy. If you are looking for an easy way to change, you are welcome to read this or any other book, but its not going to happen.

One of my beliefs is that people have the ability to change. The question is whether they want to. This book will give you the tools to set up systems for yourself to actually achieve your goals.

Atomic Habits walks through the "Four Laws of Behavior Change". Both the positive (for creating good habits) and negative (for breaking bad habits). Each step leaves you more able to conquer the hill ahead.

Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity.
-@JamesClear, Atomic Habits
Bottom line

This book has helped me tremendously over the years since I've read it. My identity has changed for the better. I want to share it with others for this very reason.

Don't wait until January 1st to start new habits. Start now, because good habits compound like investing in the stock market. The earlier you start the more value your habits will grow to be worth.

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