Atomic Habits By James Clear

Atomic Habits presents the idea that small changes are key to building new habits and making progress with goals. Gradual 1% improvements each day add up over time and will help build a system that supports consistent growth.

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KEY TAKEAWAYS:

• The purpose of setting goals is to win the game. The purpose of building systems is to continue playing the game. True long-term thinking is goal-less thinking. It’s not about any single accomplishment. It’s about the cycle of endless refinement and continuous improvement.

• Your identity emerges out of your habits. Every action is a vote for the type of person you wish to become.

• All big things come from small beginnings. The seed of every habit is a single, tiny decision. But as that decision is repeated, a habit sprouts and grows stronger. Roots entrench themselves and branches grow. The task of breaking a bad habit is like uprooting a powerful oak within us. And the task of building a good habit is like cultivating a delicate flower one day at a time.

• “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” -Carl Jung

•The most powerful of all human sensory abilities is vision. The human body has about 11 million sensory receptors. Approximately 10 million of those are dedicated to sight. Some experts estimate that half of the brains resources are used on vision.

• You can break a habit, but you’re unlikely to forget it. Once the mental grooves of habit have been carved into your brain, they are nearly impossible to remove entirely—even if they go unused for quite a while.

• Surround yourself with people who have the habits you want to have yourself. You’ll rise together.

• Professionals stick to the schedule; amateurs let life get in the way.

• Researchers estimate that 40 to 50% of our actions on any given day are done out of habit.

• The road less traveled is the road of delayed gratification. If you’re willing to wait for the rewards, you’ll face less competition and often get a bigger payoff. As the saying goes, the last mile is always the least crowded.

• When you can’t win by being better, you can win by being different.

• Your actions reveal how badly you want something. If you keep saying something is a priority but you never act on it, then you don’t really want it. It’s time to have an honest conversation with yourself. Your actions reveal your true motivations.

• “Being poor is not having too little, it is wanting more.” -Seneca

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