If you are eagerly finding a way to be successful and if you want to change yourself and start over, this book is one of the must-read books.
It’s a well-written book by James Clear using tons of experiment examples. James has used easy writing skills to illustrate the message that helps the reader understand the content easily.
James has emphasised a remarkable point about success saying “Success is not a goal to reach or a finish line to cross. It is a system to improve, an endless process to refine” which change our typical beliefs about being successful. Throughout the book, he has well explained that how to change the system by making better habits and breaking bad habits by dividing the process into four stages.
|Creating good habits||Breaking bad habits|
|Make it Obvious – Cue||Make it Invisible – Cue|
|Make it Attractive – Craving||Make it Unattractive – Craving|
|Make it Easy – Response||Make it Hard – Response|
|Make it Satisfying – Reward||Make it Unsatisfying – Reward|
Confirming the above thought of success, James Clear says, “if successful and unsuccessful people share the same goals, then the goal cannot be what differentiates the winners from the losers”. In the book, he has successfully drawn a picture of how to create good habits, how our environment affects making good habits and the importance of tracking our habits. According to James, habits need to be easy and enjoyable to last.
Saying that Clear has logically explained that how 1% daily improvement of good habit impact on us in the long run by confirming that the “habits are the compound interest of self-improvement”
Furthermore, the book talks about procrastination and Clear suggests not to miss your habits two times in a row. He says it’s ok to miss one time, but if you miss it the second time, that’s the beginning of a bad habit. He confirmed that by saying “This is a distinguishing feature between winners and losers. Anyone can have a bad performance, a bad workout, or a bad day at work. But when successful people fail, they rebound quickly. The breaking of a habit doesn’t matter if the reclaiming of it is fast”.
Therefore, he has suggested maintaining a habit tracker.
More importantly, if someone is struggling with picking the right habit, this book suggests picking the habits that align with the personality and skills and in that way, your habits will remain satisfying over the long run.
With all the experiment examples, it is easy to get a better understanding of the techniques mentioned in the book such as Cardinal Rule of Behaviour Change: What is rewarded is repeated. What is punished is avoided.” , “The Goldilocks Rule – states that humans experience peak motivation when working on tasks that are right on the edge of their current abilities. Not too hard. Not too easy. Just right”.
If you want a successful business, healthy lifestyle, be a successful parent or if you want to be successful in any other area, I would strongly suggest this book. This will give you answers to your most common questions regarding building good habits and breaking bad habits.
Finally, I would like to mention that as per James Clear “Small habits don’t add up. They compound.”