Atomic Habits by James Clear – Book Review

Atomic Habits by James Clear – Book Review


Our daily habits shape our lives.

But why it is so hard for us to build good habits and break the bad ones?

What is the secret sauce of success for the minority and what mistakes to avoid that caused the failure for the majority?

James Clear, a world-renowned expert in the science of habit formation reveals how small easy to make changes to your environment and to your lifestyle can produce large life-changing results over time –  by changing your identity and aligning your behavior to apply his four laws of behavior change.

Is this book for you

If you’re a sort of person who doesn’t want to know how to gain greater control of your life and you’re not leaving more results or if you’re someone that kind of feels like you’re stuck with, with no way of changing, then don’t read this book, this is not for you. But if you are someone that is motivated to take your life to the next level and if you are fascinated by psychology, mindset, habits and their effects on the outcomes that each of us can produce and how you can apply this knowledge to your own life, I can tell you this, this is a must-read book for you.

Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones

This book Atomic Habits’ promises are to give you a counter-intuitive and yet easy to apply understanding on how you can eliminate bad habits that hold you back and how you can increase the likelihood that you’ll actually engage in choosing good habits more often so you can create better results in your life.

What I Have Learned

The biggest light bulb moment I got from reading this book was the need to align your habits with your identity, and the nature of these being a two-way street. So what I mean by that is your habits are how you embody your identity and it’s a simple two process:

1) Decide on what type of person you want to be.

2) Prove it to yourself with small wins and this helps you align your habits with your identity.

Another light bulb moment that really stood out for me was the success for someone depends on your ability to deal with the boredom of doing that same habit again and again on a daily basis instead of being kind of seduced by the need for variety and sometimes breaking the chain of that habit.

The greatest threat to success is not actually fire but it’s actually boredom because our habits become ordinary and we kind of want to derail progress so we can create a variety.

The human brain loves a challenge as long as it’s within an optimal zone of difficulty.  This is an idea that I’m really familiar with because that is what I do. I teach people that now, however, what gave me a deeper appreciation for this was learning that this was Goldilocks Rule for peak motivation when working on tasks that sit right on the edge of your current abilities, so not too hard not too easy.

The main point of this book was learning how to modify and have greater control over your own habits by using the four laws of behavior change which were

1) to make it obvious

2) to make it attractive

3) to make it easy

4) to make it satisfying

You can inverse these laws to reduce and break bad habits as well.

build good habits

I have also read the power of habit by Charles Duhigg and so comparing with that book, I think atomic habit gives you a much more practical understanding of how habits can be modified so you can use it in your daily life.

I give this book 8 out of 10. It’s an easy read there’s some really some interesting supporting evidence and studies whilst it’s really to apply to your own life.

Important message

All humans have habits. And “habits” is among the most important topics to understand in life. Sometimes, we are thinking that the problem is us. But the truth is, we have a desire to change, we just have the wrong system for change.

To learn more about how to improve and develop yourself more including habits, join the Self-Development Book Club Facebook Group. Sit down with me and learn a little more about how self-development can help us live better.

About the Author:

Mindset Coach, Mentor and Educator at Australian Success Academy Pty Ltd, Shane Fozard is an Entrepreneur, strategic advisor and international speaker. He has studied and observed the psychology of persuasion & influence for well over a decade now and is considered an expert on re-programming mindset for greater success in Health, Wealth & Relationships and how this relates to marketing, sales, business, leadership & personal growth.


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