Book #35 of 2020 | Atomic Habits by James Clear

Title: Atomic Habits

Author: James Clear

Thoughts: Loved. This. I want to listen to it 85 more times. I normally don’t take notes on books I listen to on Audible, and I’ve never actually stopped an audiobook to write down certain lines, but as you can see from my favorite lines below (which I normally don’t do for audiobooks), this one changed all that. It’s such an interesting look at the way small habits create massive change in our lives. The book offered a great explanation for me as to why, pre-quarantine, I was able to easily wake up early and go to the gym, even if I didn’t necessarily *want* to. It’s because it was a habit. It was a strict daily routine that created freedom for me in other areas of my life. In more normal times, I live by a very strict daily routine that never changes, and I’ve gotten questions from people asking if this makes my life boring and predictable. First of all, there’s nothing wrong with boring and predictable, thank you very much. But also, no—it doesn’t. Having the tasks I do daily be strictly routinized means that I have time for other things—like Clear says, my habits don’t restrict my freedom, they create it.

Favorite Lines/Concepts:
“Success is the product of daily habits, not once in a lifetime transformations.”

“True behavior change is identity change.”

“Your identity emerges from your habits.”

“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you want to become.”

“Habits do not restrict freedom, they create it.”

“Master the habit of showing up.”

“Don’t put up a zero.”

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