By Prashant Bharadwaj (L&T MHPS Boilers)
Written by James Clear in 2018, Atomic Habit is the self-help book that mainly deals with the system based development of a habit.
The book starts with an epigraph that defines the word atomic and Habit. Well, the definition of these words is known to everybody but the way this book combines the word ‘Atomic’ and ‘Habit’ is what makes this book worth reading.
The first chapter of this book does a good job of explaining how tiny changes in daily routine can compound to something good or bad, depending upon the individual choices.
This image from the book makes a very strong point of how small change can make a big improvement over time.
Time Magnifies the margin between success and failure. It will multiply whatever you feed it. Good habits make time your ally,Bad habits make time your enemy.
Subsequent chapters of this book deal with the basics of what actually happens in our subconscious mind that makes us repeat any activity. The author used the phrase ’Habit Loop’ to explain how basic instincts lead to the repetition of a task.
The rest of the Books revolves around this center idea where the author introduces a mechanism to develop a habit which in turn develops a behavior and a personality.
This book discusses the four laws of behavior change and explains how cue, craving, response and reward influence everything in our daily life. The book makes a very strong point that “we can actually trick our brain to do a certain activity and trick ourself to repeat it multiple times till it becomes a habit”, After all, “we are what we repeat”.
The author concluded the book with a message “The secret of getting the result that last is never stop making improvement”.
Habits don’t add up, they compound.