James Clear’s 5 Habit Insights to x10 Your Chances of Success

You Are What You Repeatedly Do

The Power and Proof

James says that there is proof that tiny habits, embedded over a long period of time, work. He knows because he’s lived it. The book starts off by telling us about a horrific accident, James gets whacked in the face by a hurling baseball bat. Long story short, the guy was swinging the bat, let go and well… you get the picture.

#1 We All Have Habits (Whether We Like It or Not)

“Depending on what they are, our habits will either make us or break us. We become what we repeatedly do.” ―Sean Covey

Depending on what you read about 40–50% of our daily lives are consumed by habits. What I mean by that is about half of your day is predetermined by the habits you have already instilled.

#2 Your Existing Habits Can Be Hacked

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation.” ―Aristotle

The system already exists, the skeleton of the habit is already there, you just need to work out how you want to change it or reverse engineer it to achieve the things you want.

#3 An Overnight Success Is the Power of Habit

“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” ―Colin Powell

The reality is there is no such thing as an overnight success.

  • Three years of consistent work to see any decent returns on your efforts.
  • Between 100–150 articles to get half-decent at formatting.
  • 10,000 hours to master something.

#4 We Are Incentivised By Reward

“Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character.” ―Stephen Covey

Clear explains that habits aren’t just random acts. They are part of a cycle.

Cue → Routine → Reward.

This breaks down into the following:

#5 Set Yourself Up For Success (Make Habits Easy)

“I have learned that champions aren’t just born; champions can be made when they embrace and commit to life-changing positive habits.” ―Lewis Howes

We are creatures of habit that is true. However, we are also creatures of ease.

  • To drink 2L of water a day = fill up your water bottle before bed and stick it in the fridge.
  • To read 50 pages a day = put your book on your bedside table to be read before bed.

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BSc Biomedical Science, studying MSc Behavioural Science. Essays exploring a happy self. www.millennialcareerhealth.com

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