The CANs Book Review: Atomic Habits

<strong>The CANs Book Review: Atomic Habits</strong>

Hi All,

Sarah here! Hope our weekend went well.

Today, we will be reviewing a book- Atomic Habits by James Clear. 

Clear is a leading expert on habit formation and has gained popularity for his ability to break down really complex subjects into bit sized and simple behaviours that can be easily adapted to daily life, work and activities. 

In this book, Clear juxtaposes ideas and concepts from neuroscience and biology with psychology – drawing lines of similarities – to create this easy-to-understand guide with practical strategies for making good habits, discarding bad ones and mastering the tiny behaviours that lead to remarkable results.

No matter your goals, this book offers a proven framework for improving every day.

One of the best things about this book is the way the author drew examples from true stories from renowned athletes, award-winning artists, business tycoons and other famous people who have used the science of small habits to become masters at their craft. This added layer of entertainment served as undeniable proof that these are workable ideas.

The book is broken into four sections, one for each stage of the habit cycle. Each chapter begins with a brief tale about a historical person before moving on to a piece of advice regarding that individual. Many of these concepts may be familiar to you if you’ve previously thought about or read about habit development. Even if you think you know the topic well, I believe the book will provide you with at least one practical suggestion.

My major takeaways from this book are:

Atomic Habits will reshape the way you think about progress and success, and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits

Change your identity to change your habits. 

Motivation is overrated. Design the environment to support your habits.

An atomic habit is a regular practice or routine that is small and easy to do and is also the source of incredible power; a component of the system of compound growth.

Bad habits repeat themselves again and again not because you don’t want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change.

Changes that seem small and unimportant at first will compound into remarkable results if you’re willing to stick with them for years.

Make it hard to do the things you want to avoid.

Make it easy to do the things you want to form as habits.

Building habits is becoming the version of yourself you want to be. Habits help you to trust yourself. At the end of the day, who we are and what we will achieve depends so much on these small habits that we do every day.

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