Atomic Habits Book Review

Your goals aren’t good enough to change you. Here’s what you need instead.

Steven Ma


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You’ve probably heard of the book Atomic Habits by James Clear. It’s incredibly popular for those interested in business, entrepreneurship, or personal development. Instead of summarizing the book, I’m going to provide 5 few key points that stood out to me the most. If you resonate with these themes, then the book is definitely worth a read.

1. Our Habits Are Important

“The quality of our lives often depends on the quality of our habits.”

When it comes to creating life change, we often focus on goals and motivation. We set small goals and big goals as targets to hit. Then we try to find something that inspires us to change. This rarely works. No matter how clear a goal is or how motivated we are, nothing happens if we don’t take daily, sustained action.

Our lives are the sum of our habits. Every action that we do, especially those that are repeated daily and done on autopilot, make up the bulk of our lives. If anything is going to change in our lives, it starts with our habits.

2. Small Changes Matter

“It is so easy to overestimate the importance of one defining moment and underestimate the value of making small improvements on a daily basis. Too often, we convince ourselves that massive success requires massive action.”

Inspirational and success stories focus a lot on defining moments. They single out one day, one action, one scenario in which everything changes. We love those stories because it fool’s us into thinking that change is easy. We falsely believe that everything we need is already in place, and we just have to do one thing that magically unlocks the door or turns on the light switch.

We don’t like talking about small, consistent, daily changes because they’re boring. Small changes are slow, unnoticeable, and require work. But it’s the accumulation of all the small changes that produces exponential change.

3. Real Change Comes Through Systems

“Goals are good for setting a direction, but systems are best for making progress.”