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  • Atomic Habits

  • An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
  • By: James Clear
  • Narrated by: James Clear
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 13,695
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No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving - every day. James Clear, one of the world's leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results. If you're having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn't you. The problem is your system. Bad habits repeat themselves again and again not because you don't want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most helpful book I’ve ever read

  • By Adam on 10-26-18

Insightful, practical, fresh, and potentially transformative

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Reviewed: 10-30-18

I am only about halfway through this book (just bought it yesterday), but I couldn't help put in at least a partial review. I absolutely LOVE reading this! James Clear has a phenomenal understanding of human behavior, and specifically how our habits define our identities. For me personally, he has offered a completely new way for me to understand WHY I continue my bad habits when in my head, I know they're bad, and why I find it so difficult to start good habits. Furthermore, he offers very specific strategies for how to change those habits so I can make myself into the person I know I should be. It's not about "will power," "motivation," "perseverance," or any of those traits we so often attribute to people who kick bad habits and start good ones. Instead, it's all about behaving in a way most consistent with the person we wish to be.

As James Clear says, our habits are actually neither GOOD nor BAD. Instead, they are either consistent or inconsistent with our desired identities. If I see myself as a healthy and successful professional and happy father and husband, then I have to closely examine each of my current habits and ask myself if those behaviors are consistent with how I'd like to identify myself. If they are not, then I need to modify those habits. The specifics of how to go about doing that is where I am in the book now. I'll update this review in a few weeks (or maybe months), after I have finished the book and had a chance to try out the strategies. But for now, I feel like I'm having an epiphany, and I haven't felt this way about a book since...well...ever. Amazingly, after one day of reading only half of his book, Mr. Clear, a man who doesn't know me at all, has shown me more about my own behavior than any psychologist or therapist I've ever met in my lifetime.

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