Small Steps to Big Changes with James Clear

Effortless habit formation for lasting success

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In last week’s letter, I wrote about how results have very little to do with goals and almost everything to do with following systems (summarizing an article by James Clear, author of Atomic Habits).

This week, I’ll point you to some excellent resources on building systems, from the author himself.

In recent years, I’ve been able to implement a number of routines into my life, but it’s something I’ve been struggling with for decades.

Discipline is tough, especially for a monkey mind like me (diagnosed with ADD when I was 11).

I read this bestselling book last year, and it’s probably the most useful book on my shelf. 

It gave me the framework and the mindset shift I needed to become more efficient and successful in my work.

The Premise Is Simple

Real change doesn't come from one big decision; it comes from lots of small choices that compound over time.

“If you get one percent better each day for one year, you’ll end up thirty-seven times better by the time you’re done.”

– James Clear

An Example for Entrepreneurs

Instead of buying a costly business course, an entrepreneur would most likely benefit more from 30 minutes of self-learning a day.

This would enhance their expertise and competitive advantage over time without making a single big investment (which they probably wouldn’t make use of anyway).

Now let’s get to the resources:

James Clear’s Resources for Building Systems

 The Habits Scorecard

James Clear’s habit scorecard is a simple way to become more self-aware about our habits. It’s the preliminary step for the framework that follows.

The Habit Cheat Sheet

Next comes the how-to. Below are the four laws of creating a good habit and the inverse laws for breaking bad habits. You can grab the cheat sheet here.

How to Create a Good Habit:

  1. Make it obvious.

  2. Make it attractive.

  3. Make it easy.

  4. Make it satisfying.

How to Break a Bad Habit:

  1. Make it invisible.

  2. Make it unattractive.

  3. Make it difficult.

  4. Make it unsatisfying.

→ Want to Learn More?

If you want to learn more about this, you can also read the author’s book summary, which includes:

  • Atomic Habits in 3 sentences

  • 3 key lessons from the book

  • What the Habit Loop looks like

  • The four laws and inverse laws mentioned above

  • A few popular quotes from the book

Hope this helps you like it has helped me — and if you haven’t read Atomic Habits yet, it’s one of my top recommendations for you.

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What’s one habit you’ve been struggling to create or break?

🤖 Robert

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