Habit expert James Clear believes small changes in human behavior have a more profound impact on habits over time than singular, large shifts. He calls for coupling a desired new behavior with a usual behavior. He warns against boredom and self-satisfaction, which, he asserts, impede the formation of new habits built on frequent repetition of behavior. To change bad habits, Clear maintains, you first must develop awareness of your daily routines. He urges taking continuous, small steps toward forming new habits that will eventually replace old ones. Frequent repetition automates behaviors and turn them into habits. Rewards and incentives, such as enjoyable activities, nurture the effort of instilling good habits. Your individual identity aligns with your habitual behavior. Clear cautions against complacency – a drawback to cultivating good habits – and recommends refining your behavior continually to achieve lasting change. To that end, he provides simple, actionable steps. Those seeking to switch bad habits for good ones will benefit from his guidance.
About the Author
James Clear created the online course The Habits Academy, which focuses on self-improvement. He speaks on habits and decision making to Fortune 500 companies.