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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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Email collecting scam.

Every few pages the book references images hosted in the author's website. In order to view those images you are required to give out your email address. I already paid for the content, I don't want to sign up for anything.

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Ugh

I was drawn in by the introduction, and then it became recycled Steven Covey stuff intermixed with plugs. Don’t bother.

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  • 11-15-19

Mediocre Strategies and examples, Book is a drag.

Author says change in environment is the secret to self control. A person could always use the environment as an excuse and keep on finding improvements in the outside world in the environment and hence barely progress. Author James says he does not know of any person who has kept good habits in a challenging environment.

Dear James, please meet David Goggins. To the readers reading this review, if you really want to be something, read about David Goggins and watch his interviews. He will give you a mindset that will allow you to progress no matter what environment you're in.

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This review is the only review you need to read

I'm usually a one-sentence reviewer... but I feel compelled to write more about this book.

I decided to give a "self-help" book a try because people talk about them all of the time and this one had pretty good reviews. I was under the impression that all self-help books are essentially the same with nearly identical underlying messages (work hard, focus on the right things, get up early, etc.). This book proved me right. Aside from a couple decent tidbits of "habit forming" advice, this book was a serious waste of time. The first two chapters should be eliminated all together; the first chapter describes in gruesome and unnecessary detail a childhood skull injury. The second names about 50 metaphors for "small changes that big impacts." Unless you've never made one good decision in your entire life, please... skip these chapters.
The remainder of the book could be summed up in a flow chart, but instead the author drones on citing metaphor after metaphor (and then some more metaphors) about habit formation. Like I said before- if you've never made ONE good decision and have ZERO good habits, this book may be for you. If you're a functioning member of society with enough sense to get through the day without eating a Costco size bag of Doritos, sleeping until noon, and playing video games until 3am, don't waste your time.

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Monotone performance and nothing concrete

I read or listen to a lot of self improvement books and was really looking forward to this one after seeing so many positive reviews. But this book totally missed the mark for me. For starters, the author narrated the book himself, and his narration was monotone, flat and devoid of ANY emotion or inflection. He droned on and on, making it difficult to stay focused (think of your most boring college lecture and multiply that by 10). Secondly, he had nothing new to say. I was expecting more substance and more examples of HOW to implement habits - but the book was mostly lists of what to do without any explanation of tips and strategies. For example, it’s pretty obvious that habits should be “attractive and easy and rewarding” (blah blah blah) to make them stick - but it was as if he was reading an outline to a book, even to the point that he would break down his rules into micro parts and list them as rule 1.1, 1a, 1b, etc. He would follow every list by saying “and for more on this, refer to my website”. But I painfully toiled through and finished the book so I could give an honest review. I can only recall one concrete example of habit implementation that he gave (a story about the British cycling team), and that was the only somewhat interesting part for me. He also spent the first part of the book talking about how great he was at sticking with his own habits. I would have had no problem with that (in fact I would have loved to hear it) if he had discussed specifics. But instead it went something like this - despite an accident he had in high school that he thought would end his baseball career, his incredible discipline and drive made him a star baseball player in college, where he got all A’s, worked out every day, and was awarded college athlete or the year. There was ZERO explanation or substance to offer the listener about the “how” behind his success. This book was a total waste of money and time for me.

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Oh My GOD, we get it, you have a website...

Stopped listening after the (probably ) 20th time hearing about his website... maybe if he had put more info into the book and less work into his website he might have a winner

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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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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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start here, if you are looking to achieve in life

I'll state this, this book should be read, then studied. I'll probably read this book twice a year until my life habits are conducive to the life I desire to live. many times we try to change but life gets in the way. the author provides a framework to overcome the mental aspect towards establishing the habits you want.

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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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