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The number one New York Times best seller. Over one million copies sold!

Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results

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. You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. Here, you'll get a proven system that can take you to new heights.

Clear is known for his ability to distill complex topics into simple behaviors that can be easily applied to daily life and work. Here, he draws on the most proven ideas from biology, psychology, and neuroscience to create an easy-to-understand guide for making good habits inevitable and bad habits impossible. Along the way, listeners will be inspired and entertained with true stories from Olympic gold medalists, award-winning artists, business leaders, life-saving physicians, and star comedians who have used the science of small habits to master their craft and vault to the top of their field.

Learn how to:

  • Make time for new habits (even when life gets crazy)
  • Overcome a lack of motivation and willpower
  • Design your environment to make success easier
  • Get back on track when you fall off course
  • And much more

Atomic Habits will reshape the way you think about progress and success, and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits - whether you are a team looking to win a championship, an organization hoping to redefine an industry, or simply an individual who wishes to quit smoking, lose weight, reduce stress, or achieve any other goal.

©2018 James Clear (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Atomic Habits was a great read. I learned a lot and think it’ll be helpful to a lot of people." (Gayle King, co-anchor of CBS This Morning and editor-at-large for O, The Oprah Magazine

"In Atomic Habits, Clear will show you how to overcome a lack of motivation, change your environment to encourage success, and make time for new (and better) habits." (Glamour.com)

"Atomic Habits is a great book for anyone who is frustrated with the way they can’t seem to kick that one (or two dozen) bad habit(s) and wants to finally achieve health, fitness, financial freedom, great relationships, and a good life." (Medium.com)

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Author went overboard hawking his site

I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if he had held back in promoting his website half a dozen times per chapter. That was completely unnecessary and created a disappointing experience for readers.

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No pdf!

Always refereing to cheat sheets, habit journals and gives a link to his webaite but the link does not work and there is no accompanying pdf..

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dull and overdone

reader is very monotone and dull. information can be summed up in a simple article or list. unrelated examples used

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It starts with definitions from the dictionary.

That is all you need to know to infer that the quality of the rest of the writing is sophmoric.



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Habits: The James Clear Story

Signed up for a self-help book. Got a grueling history of the authors high school sports accomplishments. Pass.

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Frequent mention of website very annoying.

It is hard to listen after the 3rd plugin to the website, kinda lost interest in the book.

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Good Actionable Content

This was a decent follow up to Charles Duhigg's The Power of Habit but not as engaging to me.

What Clear lacks, by comparison, in the narrative space he makes up for with an actionable approach.

This is a decent investment for the time required. I would suggest reading Duhigg first.

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Lackluster, Sounds Uneducated

I should say first that I listened to the first 5 audio book chapters, and not the whole thing. Also, the performance of the narrator was very good, this doesn't reflect him at all.

I'm a college student so I like to read nonfiction, and I usually look really hard at the creditentials of the person in that field. This book came highly recommended so I decided to jump in blindly, but oh man, what a mistake that was. I was so deeply disappointed that I couldn't finish it and I had to return it. He's a standard public speaker, and as always when public speakers write they're really good at making you feel like you need to do what they did to get where they are. It is a sales pitch, a glorified ad for his business.

If you want to learn how to build successful habits, read Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg. He comes off a genuine person who wants to help you build good habits, and he has a PhD in the behavioral science. He's studied extensively. I learned more from the first 2 chapters of his book, than the first 5 of his books. Other pros are that the book is longer, which means it has more info, and I don't think it's the kind of thing you have to feel worried about reading. It's great. Also, the book is narrated by him, the prologue made me cry because it was really sweet and awe inspiring.

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Insightful, practical, fresh, and potentially transformative

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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Possibly the best book I read in 2018

I like the fact that author read his book. He read clearly and is easy to follow. I devoured this book in two days and will now focus on implementing he’s strategies. I love the included templates. I will most definitely listen this again during this week while I’m working on building my habit system.

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