“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.”
Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones is a self-help book by James Clear. In the book, the author shares 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, and get back on track when you fall off course.v
In January each year, many people make New Year resolutions. These resolutions vary from not drinking for one month, losing weights running a marathon, or in general achieving something in life.
I really liked this book. Do you know that AHA moment, the feeling of light bulb lighting in your mind? This was what I got from listening to this book. I like to set goals and my goals have always been ambitious such as to make 50 cold calls a day or to lose 20kg… I’ve had these goals for, well, a long while and you can guess they don’t usually work. Meanwhile, my habits have remained the same. This book helps you to think differently. It helps you to make tiny or atomic changes. Improving something by 1% doesn’t seem like a lot but if you improve something by 1% every day? Or if everyone improved something by 1% each day for a year? You get my point. Improvement and growth would be steady and significant after a year. You perfect little things and that will help you to achieve everything and anything you want.
“You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.” ―
Atomic Habits lays down the framework of making habits and shares some insightful advice on how you can achieve this. If you want to train for a marathon, do not run 10 miles one day and then never repeat it. Instead, focus on running for 5 minutes every day and then slowly increase the amount. Then focus on building on that. Or if you want to read more, just read a book every for 10 minutes. Everyone should find that time. What I also liked about this book is that it focuses on how you perceive yourself. For example, people who have successfully stopped smoking adopt a new identity of not being someone who smokes instead of being someone who is trying to quit smoking.
I would rate this book 4/5 stars.
How-To Read Atomic Habits
1. Ever make New Year resolutions? Stop and commit to reading this one.
2. Ever wanted to run a marathon but cannot seem to find time or energy or motivation, well here is your book for that.
3. If you read a lot of nonfiction and self-help books, this book does not contain any revolutionary ideas on forming habits but it is clearly written and something that should be re-read every now and then if you are new to self-help books.
What are you reading? Have you read this? Thoughts?