The book is divided into three sections – (i) The first one details the importance of understanding habits, why they are so powerful and how they work. (ii) The second section is about the “framework” that author developed for making a habit stick. The last section is about how to create a new habit, which includes tips on how to overcome your resistance to change and how to create a plan for what you want your life to be like in six months.
In this book, author James Clear argues that there are two major factors that shape our lives: habits and motivations. Habits are the patterns of behavior we repeat unconsciously; motivations are goals we set deliberately. Put simply: we’re not as much in control as we think we are (we only have limited control over our thoughts and behaviors).
Below are few examples for the life.
1. One of the most effective things you can do to build better habits is to join a culture where your desired behavior is the normal behavior.
2. If you want better results, then forget about setting goals. Focus on your system instead. Goals are good for setting a direction, but systems are best for making progress.
3. Behind every system of actions are a system of beliefs.
4. Habits reduce cognitive load and free up mental capacity, so you can allocate your attention to other tasks.
5. Environment is the invisible hand that shapes human behavior.
6. Every craving is linked to a desire to change your internal state.
7. Good habits make time your ally. Bad habits make time your enemy.
8. Many people think they lack motivation when what they really lack is clarity. It is not always obvious when and where to take action.
9. Habits + Deliberate Practice = Mastery
Atomic Habits is a great book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I gained knowledge about habits, motivation, overcoming obstacles and how to be successful in life. While reading the book, I found myself taking notes and following the advice given by the author.