People think that when you want to change your life, you need to think big. But world-renowned habits expert James Clear has discovered another way. He knows that real change comes from the compound effect of hundreds of small decisions: doing two push-ups a day, waking up five minutes early, or holding a single short phone call.
He calls them atomic habits.
Transform your life with tiny changes in behaviour, starting now.
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, readers 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.
In this book of small changes, Clears reveals exactly how these minuscule changes can grow into such life-altering outcomes. He uncovers a handful of simple life hacks (the forgotten art of Habit Stacking, the unexpected power of the Two Minute Rule, or the trick to entering the Goldilocks Zone), and delves into cutting-edge psychology and neuroscience to explain why they matter. Along the way, he tells inspiring stories of Olympic gold medalists, leading CEOs, and distinguished scientists who have used the science of tiny habits to stay productive, motivated, and happy.
These small changes will have a revolutionary effect on your career, your relationships, and your life.
I’m posting this review for my wife who doesn’t normally post reviews on the books that she reads. But Atomic Habits was much more than just another read for her. In her words, “I wish I this book had been written thirty years ago. Everything that James Clear said made crystal clear sense. It’s not about the life-changing goal, it’s about the tiniest changes that, when added together, achieve that goal. The ‘goal’ is a minor player in the process. His opening analogy of the bicycle racing team is superb. Make just one minor adjustment to receive a tenth of a percent of improvement to one aspect of the journey. The bicycle team painted their bikes white so the riders could tell when the bikes were dusty, more drag, insignificant. Thee support team tested various fabrics in a wind tunnel to find the riding suit with the least wind resistance, insignificant. Add a million ‘insignificant’ changes together and change the outcome. It’s about the journey, not the goal.” I appreciate the passion that Atomic Habits inspired in my wife. Reader review
A NEW YORK TIMES AND SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
'A supremely practical and useful book.' Mark Manson, author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck
'James Clear has spent years honing the art and studying the science of habits. This engaging, hands-on book is the guide you need to break bad routines and make good ones.' Adam Grant, author of Originals
'Atomic Habits is a step-by-step manual for changing routines.' Books of the Month, Financial Times
'A special book that will change how you approach your day and live your life.' Ryan Holiday, author of The Obstacle is the Way