312: Re-Release: James Clear on the Compounding Nature of Habits, Part 1


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Chances are, you’ve heard the name James Clear. Especially if you have done any research whatsoever about building habits. That’s kinda his neck of the woods. His work has appeared in The New York Times, CBS This Morning, Time, Entrepreneur and he has taught in colleges around the world. In this episode, part 1 of a 2 part series, he talks about his new book, Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones. It’s a fascinating and educational discussion surrounding how to work with yourself and your habits to set yourself up for short and long-term success when it comes to behavior change. Everyone can benefit from listening to the wisdom in this episode. Enjoy.

In This Interview, James Clear and I Discuss…

  • His book, Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones
  • How habits can compound for you or against you
  • That small changes don’t seem to matter much in the moment
  • The 4 Laws of Behavior Change
  • Your outcomes are a lagging measure of your efforts
  • How bamboo is like habits
  • You need to build a foundation to see results
  • How work isn’t wasted, it’s stored
  • Focusing on systems rather than goals
  • How the outcome is a natural consequence of habits
  • That goals restrict your happiness
  • The role of identity in behavior change
  • How you choose to act is a vote towards the kind of person you want to be
  • Putting your identity on the back burner while you accrue some evidence
  • Growth vs Fixed Mindset
  • How humans are learning machines
  • The 4 Stages of Habits
  • How you interpret the cues in your life determines how you respond to them
  • The toolbox for breaking and building habits

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