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James Clear

“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity.”



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2 Minute Rule

2 Minute Rule

The Two-Minute Rule states, ‘When you start a new habit, it should take less than two minutes to do.'

The more the beginning of a process will be ritualized, the more likely it becomes that you can slip into the state of deep focus that is required to do great things.


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Building Good Habits

Building Good Habits

  1. Make the CUE visible.
  2. Make it attractive (more CRAVING).
  3. Make your RESPONSE easy.
  4. Give yourself a satisfying REWARD


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1% Improvement

1% Improvement

Getting 1% better every day is for the long run. You will able to see the results after a while. If you wait for a year you will be 37% better than the previous year.

Just remember one thing, there will be one time during this long run when you don't be abl...


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Identity Change = Habit Change

To create a new good habit or destroy an old bad one you just need to change your identity to yourself and others.

If you want to quit smoking, then whenever anyone offers you a cigarette, say "I'm not a Smoker."

If you want to build a good reading ha...


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James Clear

"The ultimate form of intrinsic motivation is when a habit becomes a part of our Identity"



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Focus on System; not on Goals

Winners and Losers have the same Goal but the difference is in their System. Achieving a goal is a monetary thing and goals also restrict our happiness.

Goals are just important for setting up the direction.

But System is important for moving along that direction and...


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Rearrange the Environment

Rearrange the Environment

'Environment is the invisible hand that shapes human behavior.'

Habits become easy to perform when you do that thing in a particular place everyday. Create your environment in such a way that the CUE will be better visible to you. 

Gradually, the habits become associated not w...


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Secret to Self-Control

'People with high self-control tend to spend less time in tempting situations. It’s easier to avoid temptation than resist it.'

So make the CUE invisible or remove those things from which you are more distracted.


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The Goldilocks Rule

The Goldilocks Rule

The Goldilocks Rule states that humans experience peak motivation when working on tasks that are right on the edge of their current abilities.

Anyone can work hard when they feel motivated. It’s the ability to keep going when work isn’t exciting that makes the difference. 


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Habit Tracking

Habit Tracking

A habit tracker is a simple way to measure whether you did a habit—like marking an X on a calendar or use any app for that.

Habit trackers and other visual measurements can make your habits satisfying by providing clear evidence of your progress.



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Habit Stacking

Habit Stacking

Install a new habit after an old habit. Here the old habit will act as the CUE or the trigger for the new habit.

When you completed the old habit, you can use that momentum of that habit to start a new habit and that extra momentum will help to overcome the initial friction...


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The Habit Loop

The Habit Loop

Any habit can be broken down into a feedback loop that involves four steps: 

  1. Cue: is that thing (mainly visual) that reminds you about the thing you about to do.
  2. Craving: Then you wanted (thinking) to do that thing.
  3. Response:


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James Clear

"The outcome in your life are the lagging measure of your habits- there are no high performance people just high performance habits"



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James Clear

"Identity change is the north star of Habit Change."



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Breaking Bad Habits

  1. Make the CUE invisible.
  2. Make it unattractive (less CRAVING).
  3. Make your RESPONSE very hard.
  4. Give yourself a unsatisfying REWARD.


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Accountability Partner

We tend to imitate the habits of three social groups: the close (family and friends), the many (the tribe), and the powerful (those with status and prestige).

An accountability partner can create an immediate cost to inaction. We care deepl...


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James Clear

"The purpose of setting Goal is to win the game. The purpose of buliding System is to continue playing the game."



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James Clear

"Habits are the compound interest of Self-Improvement."



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A learner who loves to share wisdom on personal growth, happiness, and success on Deepstash. Topics include motivation, habits, goals, and mindset. Believes that everyone can achieve their dreams with the right attitude and action.



  • Your identity emerges out of your habits. Every action is a vote for the type of person you wish to become.
  • Becoming the best version of yourself requires you to continuously edit your beliefs, and to upgrade and expand your identity.

How Do I Know if a Habit is Good or Bad?

Generally speaking, good habits will have net positive outcomes. Bad habits have net negative outcomes.

If you’re still having trouble determining how to rate a particular habit, here is a question I like ...

Identity-Based Habits

Building these habits means focusing on the type of person you wish to become rather than the outcome you wish to achieve.

Your current behaviors are simply a reflection of your current identity. To change your behavior for good, you need to start believing new things about yourself...

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