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Atomic Habits by James Clear

One of my go to books when I try to change my lifestyle. Atomic Habits is a book written by James Clear, a behavioral psychologist, and is a practical guide on how to develop better habits and break bad ones. The book is aimed at anyone looking to improve their life, regardless of their age or background. In this blog post, we will summarize the main points of the book and provide actionable steps that readers can take to implement these ideas in their lives.


The book is divided into four parts, each covering different aspects of habit formation. Part one explains the importance of making small, incremental changes to your habits, rather than trying to change everything all at once. Clear refers to this as the "atomic" approach to habits. He emphasizes that the key to long-term success is to focus on the small changes that you can make today and build upon them over time. If you have trained with me in the gym, you probably remember hearing about making each week 1% better than the last. Same idea.


Part two discusses the four laws of behaviour change that are essential for developing good habits. These laws are the cue, craving, response, and reward. Clear argues that we can use these laws to our advantage by identifying the cues that trigger our bad habits and replacing them with new, healthier habits. He also suggests that we create a habit stack, which is a series of small, interrelated habits that we can perform together to make larger, more meaningful changes.


Part three is about optimizing your environment for success. Clear believes that the people, places, and things around us have a significant impact on our habits. He suggests that we take a step back and assess our environment, and then make changes to it that will make it easier to form good habits and harder to fall back into bad ones.


Finally, part four of the book is about how to make your habits stick. Clear suggests that we focus on progress, not perfection, and that we use the power of positive feedback to reinforce our good habits. He also recommends that we have an accountability system in place, such as a coach, a mentor, or a support group, to help us stay on track.


So, how can you implement these ideas in your life? Here are some actionable steps you can take today:

  1. Start small: Identify one small habit that you can change today, such as drinking a glass of water when you wake up in the morning.

  2. Use the four laws of behaviour change: When trying to establish a new habit, identify the cue that triggers your bad habit, replace it with a healthier response, and reward yourself for your success.

  3. Create a habit stack: Combine several small, interrelated habits to make larger, more meaningful changes. For example, you could create a habit stack that includes stretching, drinking water, and meditating in the morning.

  4. Optimize your environment: Assess your environment and make changes that will make it easier to form good habits and harder to fall back into bad ones. For example, if you tend to snack on unhealthy foods, remove them from your pantry and replace them with healthier options.

  5. Focus on progress, not perfection: Don't get discouraged if you slip up or miss a day. Instead, focus on the progress you've made and use positive feedback to reinforce your good habits.

  6. Find an accountability system: Whether it's a coach, a mentor, or a support group, having someone to hold you accountable can be a powerful motivator for sticking to your habits.

In conclusion, Atomic Habits is an excellent book for anyone looking to improve their life by developing better habits and breaking bad ones. I personally re-read this one every other year to remind myself of this framework. By focusing on small, incremental changes, using the four laws of behaviour change, optimizing your environment, and staying accountable, you can achieve long-term success and build the life you want.


Happy training,


Clem

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