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JAMES CLEAR

“If you can get 1 percent better each day for one year, you’ll end up thirty-seven times better by the time you’re done.”

JAMES CLEAR

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The Surprising Power of Atomic Habits:

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1. Small, Incremental Improvements

Improving just 1% each day can lead to significant, exponential growth over time, resulting in being thirty-seven times better after one year.

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2. Invisible Beginnings

Initial progress from small habits may not be visible, but over time these small changes compound and create a powerful impact.

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3. Exponential Growth

Progress is not linear but exponential, meaning the biggest results come after a longer period of consistent effort.

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4. Focus on Systems, Not Goals

Goals set direction, but the systems you implement are what drive long-term success.

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5. Consistency Over Time

Success comes from consistent, small actions rather than sudden, large changes.

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6. Trust the Process

Believing in and sticking with your system is crucial, even when immediate results are not visible.

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7. Enjoy the Journey

Finding motivation and happiness in your daily systems ensures sustained effort and satisfaction beyond just achieving goals.

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8. Breakthroughs are Deceptive

People often notice the breakthrough moment but overlook the consistent, small efforts that led to it.

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9. Exponential Progress

The impact of your habits is initially small but grows exponentially, highlighting the importance of persistence.

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10. System Over Goals

Designing an effective system and focusing on the process is more sustainable and rewarding than only aiming for specific goals.

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11. Analogy of Compound Interest

Just like money grows exponentially with compound interest, small daily improvements lead to significant long-term growth.

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12. Example of Fitness

Regular, small workouts might not show immediate results, but over months, they lead to noticeable fitness improvements.

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13. Building a House

Laying one brick perfectly each day may not seem like much, but over time, it results in a strong, beautiful house.

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Action Steps : Forget about goals, focus on the system instead

  1. Forget About Goals: Shift focus from achieving specific goals to creating and refining your daily systems.
  2. Design Effective Systems: Create routines and processes that align with your desired outcomes and ensure they are motivating and enjoyable.
  3. Trust the Process: Be patient and consistent, trusting that your efforts will lead to exponential growth over time.

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JAMES CLEAR

“The goal is not to run a marathon, the goal is to become a runner.”

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How Your Habits Shape Your Identity (and Vice Versa)

How Your Habits Shape Your Identity (and Vice Versa)

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You can change your outcomes or your processes; however, if you don’t change your identity, you will eventually come back to your old habits.

For example, if you want to stop smoking, and you keep saying, “I’m trying to quit smoking,” it’s the outcome you are trying to change.

Lasting change can only come through identity change.

In this example, you must start saying, “I’m not a smoker.”

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Good Habits vs. Identity

If good habits are in conflict with your identity, you will fail to establish them.

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Actions Prove Your Identity

It’s not enough to say, “I’m a runner.”

If you run two times a week, your actions prove that you truly are a runner. The best way to change who you are is to change what you do. Your actions give proof of who you are.

For example, if you write two pages every day, you are a writer.

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Action Plans: Change Your Identity to Change Your Habits

1. Decide the Type of Person You Want to Be

What do you want to stand for? What are your principles and values? Who do you wish to become? To figure out the answer, ask questions like, “Who is the type of person that could learn a new language?” The answer to such a question will define the identity you must have.

2. Prove It to Yourself with Small Wins

Once you decide what identity you want to have, ask yourself what actions that type of person does. If you want to lose weight, ask, “What would a thinner person do?”

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