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Reviewed by Linda Wall, BA

May 3, 2021

Book Review – Atomic Habits

International Bestseller, Atomic Habits: an easy & proven way to build good habits & break bad ones by James Clear is filled with the best science on personal growth and success. Also on the cover it says, “Tiny changes, remarkable results.”

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Mr. Clear’s premise is that only making a 1 percent improvement each day compounds to make remarkable results over time.

James Clear begins the book with the definitions of both ‘atomic,’ and ‘habit’ stating that:

Atomic is ‘an extremely small amount of a thing: the single irreducible unit of a larger system.

The source of immense energy or power.’

         Habit is ‘a routine or practice performed regularly; an automatic response to a specific situation.’

Mr. Clear suggests ‘how to build better habits in 4 Simple Steps,’ which he lays out in succeeding chapters called Laws.

  • The first Law: Make it Obvious;
  • The second Law: Make it Attractive;
  • The third Law: Make it Easy; and finally,
  • the fourth Law: Make it Satisfying.

Along with these Laws, Mr. Clear talks about the opposite sides of these Laws and how people and the mind resist change if it’s automatic and below the subconscious, if there is a reward (instant gratification vs. long-term gratification), the more difficult a task/goal is or if the ‘reward’ isn’t satisfying the less likely one will follow through.

In each chapter, Clear cites scientific research that points out these principles and how to break one’s goals down into micro-goals and tasks that are manageable into 2-minute time frames and stacked with one’s current habits in order to cement the new practice with something that’s already done habitually subconsciously.

Clear offers some great tips on habit-stacking and habit tracking (I’ve created a couple of personalized Excel worksheets where I can just check off of the old & new habits I want to impress into my new Atomic Habits.

Overall, I found this book very helpful in how to take baby-steps to transform my life – in any and all areas of my life. I consider it a ‘keeper,’ that I will refer to over and over as I implement these suggestions.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who’s a student of personal growth or business success.


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