The BTM ebook report: "Atomic Habits"


About the book
title:: Atomic habits
author:: James Clear
length:: 320 pages (hardcover)
editor:: Avery
Copyright year:: 2018

James Clear's Atomic Habits can broadly be characterized as a guide to improving your life by reducing your bad habits and improving your good habits. While not as directly applicable to bowling as many mental game books, the author makes the brilliant point that "your results are a lagging measure of your habits." If your goal is to improve your results in the lane, you will likely benefit from a systematic approach to improving your exercise habits and possibly some of your off-lane habits as well. While there are often anecdotes of athletes unlocking something magical in their performance or breaking a slump thanks to a groundbreaking practice lesson, the author writes that success is the product of daily habits, not one-off transformations.

At the beginning of Atomic Habits, Clear distinguishes between goals and systems. For him, goals are simply about the results you want to achieve. Systems are about the process that leads to these results. Goals lead the way, but your system determines the habits that lead to your results. He also differentiates between result-based habits and identity-based habits. While both have their uses, most people ignore the identity aspect of change. Make up your mind about who you want to be, add habits that are in line with that belief, and prove it to yourself with small wins.

In the section titled "Making It Obvious," Clear introduces the concept of implementation intent. For many aspiring goal-setters, it's less about motivation than about clarity and structure. The implementation intent is exactly what it sounds like: clearly state your intention to run (or implement) a new habit. An example he gives is a few minutes of meditation right after you finish your morning coffee. This kind of clarity and structure is much more effective in building this habit than simply saying, "I want to meditate for a few minutes each day." It is also important to start with a small step. Even a little good habit is better than nothing.

In another important section of the book, he describes the value of surrounding yourself with people who have the same habits you want to have or the identities you want to develop. However, this is more than just a signature …


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