Atomic Habits – James Clear

Market Meditations | October 28, 2020

The Surprising Power of Tiny Habits

In Atomic Habits, James Clear invites us to transform our lives with tiny changes in behavior. This is because success is the product of daily habits rather than once in a lifetime transformations. He challenges us to be more concerned with our current trajectory than our current results.

“Your outcomes are a lagging measure of your habits. Your net worth is a lagging measure of your financial habits. Your weight is a lagging measure of your eating habits. Your knowledge is a lagging measure of your learning habits. Your clutter is a lagging measure of your cleaning habits. You get what you repeat.”

The idea is that time magnifies the margin between success and failure; it will multiply whatever you feed it. Good habits make time your ally and bad habits make time your enemy.

Breakthrough moments become the result of many previous actions, which build up the potential required to unleash a major change.

What often stands in our way is the “Plateau of Latent Potential”.

True long term thinking is goal-less thinking. It’s not about any single accomplishment. It is about the endless cycle of refinement and continuous improvement. It is our commitment to this process that will determine our progress and whether we make it out of the plateau.

Getting 1% better each day counts for a lot in the long run. Make this your focus rather than immediate or overnight success.