Atomic Habits by James Clear

Psychology & Self Improvement

“Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement. The same way that money multiplies through compound interest, the effects of your habits multiply as you repeat them. They seem to make little dif­ference on any given day and yet the impact they deliver over the months and years can be enormous. It is only when looking back two, five, or perhaps ten years later that the value of good habits and the cost of bad ones becomes strikingly apparent.” – James Clear

Bad habits are not based on a lack of willpower, but on not learning a correct system to implement good ones that implement ‘The 4 Laws of Behavior Change’: a cue, craving, response, and reward.  According to Clear, the “cue triggers a craving, which motivates a response, which provides a reward, which satisfies the craving and, ultimately, becomes associated with the cue.” They key is to engage cues that lead the right responses in small steps that build up over time.

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