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Atomic Habits

An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

By James Clear

Wow.  What a book.


James Clear has put together a very well written handbook to help people establish good habits and break bad habits in addition to other ideas about what type of habits an individual might pursue. Throughout the book, Clear also provides links to a number of different tools designed to assist you on your quest to freedom through the development of productive habits.


Each of Clear's strategies are supported with stories from people at the top of their fields in many different disciplines. These stories illustrate how their habits helped them accomplish their feats.


I particularly like Clear's thoughts about goals versus systems. Goals are great, but without the appropriate systems in place to help you reach them, luck is your only hope. And when you rely on luck, you are almost certain to find yourself disappointed.


I'll leave you with this quote, one of my favorite lines from the book, from chapter 19, " doesn't matter what you are trying to become better at, if you only do the work when it's convenient or exciting, then you'll never be consistent enough to achieve remarkable results."

Pick up a copy of Atomic Habits. You'll be glad you did.  I hope it might impact, encourage, and inspire you in a way that will help you improve upon habits you are trying to either establish or eliminate like it has me.

Book Review by Dustin Woodward