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I am sharing some of my key takeaways from the incredible book, Atomic Habits. James Clear illustrates how these personal habits immediately impact your work life as well. Here are some of my thoughts. To watch me share this information click here.

Make smart goals for your life and business using Atomic Habits, by James Clear.

Make smart goals for your life and business using Atomic Habits, by James Clear.

For those that are not familiar with this title, Atomic Habits is a self-help book written by James Clear that focuses on the idea that small, incremental changes in habits can lead to significant improvements in a person’s life. Clear argues that the key to success is not to focus on individual achievements or outcomes, but rather to develop systems that allow a person to consistently make small, positive changes over time.

Clear introduces the concept of “atomic habits,” which are small, incremental changes that a person can make in their daily routines that, over time, lead to significant improvements. He emphasizes the importance of focusing on the process rather than the outcome, and the idea that even small, seemingly insignificant changes can have a compounding effect on a person’s life.

Clear suggests that the key to building good habits is to create an environment that makes it easy to follow through on them. This includes identifying the triggers that prompt certain behaviors, and finding ways to make it easier to engage in desired behaviors and harder to engage in unwanted ones. For example, if a person wants to start exercising regularly, they might set up their workout clothes and shoes in a visible location, or place a water bottle in their car to make it easier to remember to hydrate during their workouts.

Clear also emphasizes the importance of tracking progress and setting specific, measurable goals. He suggests using a habit tracker to monitor progress and identify areas for improvement, and setting goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART).

Clear argues that one of the keys to building good habits is to make them enjoyable. He suggests finding ways to make the desired behavior more enjoyable, such as by finding a workout partner or listening to music while exercising. He also emphasizes the importance of being consistent and persistent, and the idea that it takes time to build good habits.

In addition to focusing on building good habits, Clear also discusses the importance of breaking bad habits. He suggests using the same strategies that are used to build good habits, such as identifying the triggers that prompt unwanted behaviors and finding ways to make it easier to engage in alternative, desired behaviors. He also suggests using rewards and consequences to reinforce desired behaviors and discourage unwanted ones.

Overall, Atomic Habits offers a practical, actionable approach to building good habits and breaking bad ones. Clear’s emphasis on small, incremental changes and the idea that even small, seemingly insignificant changes can have a compounding effect make the book a valuable resource for anyone looking to make positive changes in their life.