James Clear Quotes On Habits

“If we have hope, we have a reason to take action.” – James Clear

Inspirational James Clear Quotes (Atomic Habits Quotes)

  1. “The road less traveled is the road of delayed gratification. If you’re willing to wait for the rewards, you’ll face less competition and often get a bigger payoff. As the saying goes, the last mile is always the least crowded.”
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2. “The most practical way to change who you are is to change what you do.”

3. “Try, fail, learn, try differently.”

4. “The greatest threat to success is not failure but boredom.”

5. “When you can’t win by being better, you can win by being different.”

6. “Be the designer of your world and not merely the consumer of it.”

7. “You need to know who you want to be.”

8. “Becoming the best version of yourself requires you to continuously edit your beliefs, and to upgrade and expand your identity.”

9. “All big things come from small beginnings.”

10. “When preparation becomes a form of procrastination, you need to change something. You don’t want to merely be planning. You want to be practicing.”

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11. “Until you work as hard as those you admire, don’t explain away their success as luck”

12. “The difference a tiny improvement can make over time is astounding.”

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

14. “You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.”

15. “We all deal with setbacks but in the long run, the quality of our lives often depends on the quality of our habits.”

16. “In order to improve for good, you need to solve problems at the systems level. Fix the inputs and the outputs will fix themselves.”

17. “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”

18. “Are you reading books and learning something new each day? Tiny battles like these are the ones that will define your future self.”

19. “There will never be a perfect time to do something that stretches you. If you were ready for it, it wouldn’t be growth.”

20. “Missing once is an accident. Missing twice is the start of a new habit. This is a distinguishing feature between winners and losers. Anyone can have a bad performance, a bad workout, or a bad day at work. But when successful people fail, they rebound quickly.”

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21. “Getting 1 percent better every day counts for a lot in the long-run.”

22. “A very small shift in direction can lead to a very meaningful change in destination”

23. “Problem #1: Winners and losers have the same goals.”

24. “A genius is not born, but is educated and trained.”

25. “Outcomes are about what you get. Processes are about what you do. Identity is about what you believe”

26. “Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement. The same way that money multiplies through compound interest, the effects of your habits multiply as you repeat them.”

27. “Some people spend their entire lives waiting for the time to be right to make an improvement.”

28. “I didn’t start out as a writer. I became one through my habits.”

29. “Small changes often appear to make no difference until you cross a critical threshold. The most powerful outcomes of any compounding process are delayed. You need to be patient.”

30. “Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement”

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31. “We don’t choose our earliest habits, we imitate them.”

32. “You get what you repeat.”

33. “A habit is a routine or behavior that is performed regularly—and, in many cases, automatically.”

34. “True behavior change is identity change. You might start a habit because of motivation, but the only reason you’ll stick with one is that it becomes part of your identity.”

35. “When you can’t win by being better, you can win by being different. By combining your skills, you reduce the level of competition, which makes it easier to stand out.”

36. “Good habits make time your ally. Bad habits make time your enemy.”

37. “At some point it comes down to who can handle the boredom of training every day, doing the same lifts over and over and over.”

38. “It’s only by making the fundamentals of life easier that you can create the mental space needed for free thinking and creativity.”

39. “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”

40. “It’s hard to change your habits if you never change the underlying beliefs that led to your past behavior. You have a new goal and a new plan, but you haven’t changed who you are.”

41. “It is a simple two-step process: Decide the type of person you want to be. Prove it to yourself with small wins.”

42. “Research has shown that once a person believes in a particular aspect of their identity, they are more likely to act in alignment with that belief.”

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43. “Whenever you feel authentic and genuine, you are headed in the right direction.”

44. “The purpose of setting goals is to win the game. The purpose of building systems is to continue playing the game.”

45. “Once your pride gets involved, you’ll fight tooth and nail to maintain your habits.”

46. “Peace occurs when you don’t turn your observations into problems.”

47. “Habits are like the atoms of our lives. Each one is a fundamental unit that contributes to your overall improvement.”

48. “But perhaps the best way to measure your progress is with a habit tracker.”

49. “You don’t have to build the habits everyone tells you to build. Choose the habit that best suits you, not the one that is most popular.”

50. “ The task of breaking a bad habit is like uprooting a powerful oak within us. And the task of building a good habit is like cultivating a delicate flower one day at a time.”

51. “Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become.”

52. “Decide the type of person you want to be. Prove it to yourself with small wins.”

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53. “It is so easy to overestimate the importance of one defining moment and underestimate the value of making small improvements on a daily basis.”

54. “Anyone can work hard when they feel motivated. It’s the ability to keep going when work isn’t exciting that makes the difference.”

55. “Focus on whether you are fulfilling your own potential than comparing yourself to someone else.”

56. “The first mistake is never the one that ruins you. It’s the spiral of repeated mistakes that follows.”

57. “Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity.”

58. “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.”

59. “If we have hope, we have a reason to take action.”

60. “Put another way, the costs of your good habits are in the present. The costs of your bad habits are in the future.”

61. “It’s more productive to focus on whether you are fulfilling your own potential than comparing yourself to someone else.”

62. “When the consequences are severe, people learn quickly.”

63. “As a general rule, the more immediate pleasure you get from an action, the more strongly you should question whether it aligns with your long-term goals.”

64. “A lack of self-awareness is poison. Reflection and review is the antidote.”

65. “Good habits can make rational sense, but if they conflict with your identity, you will fail to put them into action.”

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66. “Our genes do not eliminate the need for hard work. They clarify it.”

67. “Success is the product of daily habits, not once in a lifetime transformations.”

68. “Never miss twice.”

69. “Each book you read not only teaches you something new, but also opens up different ways of thinking about old ideas. As Warren Buffet says ‘That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest’.”

70. “Many people think they lack motivation when what they really lack is clarity.”

71. “The problem with a goals-first mentality is that you’re continually putting happiness off until the next milestone.”

72. “Motivation is overrated, environment often matters more.”

73. “Environment design allows you to take back control and become the architect of your life.”

74. “You do it because it’s who you are and it feels good to be you. The more a habit becomes part of your life, the less you need outside encouragement to follow through.”

75. “The only way to become excellent is to be endlessly fascinated by doing the same thing over and over. You have to fall in love with boredom.”

76. “The process of behavior change always starts with awareness. You need to be aware of your habits before you can change them.”

77. “Stop thinking about your environment as filled with objects. Start thinking about it as filled with relationships.”

78. “The score always takes care of itself.”

79. “The problem is not slipping up; the problem is thinking that if you can not do something perfectly, then you shouldn’t do it at all.”

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80. “You should be far more concerned with your current trajectory than with your current results.”

81. “People get so caught up in the fact that they have limits that they rarely exert the effort required to get close to them.”

82. “If you want better results, then forget about setting goals. Focus on your system instead.”

83. “Professionals stick to the schedule; amateurs let life get in the way.”

84. “Every habit produces multiple outcomes across time. Unfortunately, these outcomes are often misaligned. With our bad habits, the immediate outcome usually feels good, but the ultimate outcome feels bad. With good habits, it is the reverse: the immediate outcome is unenjoyable, but the ultimate outcome feels good.”

85. “The more you let a single belief define you, the less capable you are of adapting when life challenges you.”

86. “The seed of every habit is a single, tiny decision. But as that decision is repeated, a habit sprouts and grows stronger. Roots entrench themselves and branches grow.”

87. “Whenever you want to change your behavior, you can simply ask yourself: How can I make it obvious? How can I make it attractive? How can I make it easy? How can I make it satisfying?”

88. “Desire is the difference between where you are now and where you want to be in the future.”

89. “Environment design allows you to take back control and become the architect of your life. Be the designer of your world and not merely the consumer of it.”

90. “No behavior happens in isolation.”

91. “Goals are about the results you want to achieve. Systems are about the processes that lead to those results.”

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92. “Emotions drive behavior. Every decision is an emotional decision at some level. Whatever your logical reasons are for taking action, you only feel compelled to act on them because of emotion.”

93. “Redesign your life so the actions that matter most are also the actions that are easiest to do.”

94. “Habits Are Compound Interest of Self Improvement”

95. “Our genes do not eliminate the need for hard work. They clarify it. They tell us what to work hard on.”

96. “You don’t have to be the victim of your environment. You can also be the architect of it.”

97. “When you make your bed each day, you embody the identity of an organized person. When you write each day, you embody the identity of a creative person. When you train each day, you embody the identity of an athletic person.”

98. “When you fall in love with the process rather than the product, you don’t have to wait to give yourself permission to be happy. You can be satisfied anytime your system is running.”

99. “What is immediately rewarded is repeated. What is immediately punished is avoided.”

100. “Over the long run, however, the real reason you fail to stick with habits is that your self-image gets in the way. This is why you can’t get too attached to one version of your identity. Progress requires unlearning. Becoming the best version of yourself requires you to continuously edit your beliefs, and to upgrade and expand your identity.”

101. “Complaining about not achieving success despite working hard is like complaining about an ice cube not melting when you heated it from 25 to 31 degrees. All the action happens at 32 degrees.”

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102. “Reading can teach you the best of what others already know.

103. “Reflection can teach you the best of what only you can know.”

104. “One of the best ways to build a new habit is to identify a current habit you already do each day and then stack your new behavior on top. This is called habit stacking.”

105. “Environment is the invisible hand that shapes human behavior.”

106. “We all face challenges in life. This injury was one of mine, and the experience taught me a critical lesson: changes that seem small and unimportant at first will compound into remarkable results if you’re willing to stick with them for years. 

107. “Being motivated and curious counts for more than being smart because it leads to action.”

108. “This a continuous process. There is no finish line. There is no permanent solution.”

109. “Surround yourself with people who have the habits you want to have yourself. You’ll rise together.”

110. “Success is not a goal to reach or a finish line to cross. It is a system to improve, an endless process to refine.”

111. “The cue triggers your brain to initiate a behavior. It is a bit of information that predicts a reward.”

112. “A handful of problems arise when you spend too much time thinking about your goals and not enough time designing your systems.”

113. “Business is a never-ending quest to deliver the same result in an easier fashion.”

James Clear is a  writer and speaker focused on habits, decision making, and continuous improvement and the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Atomic Habits.

The book has sold over 15 million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 50 languages.

His also a regular speaker at Fortune 500 companies and my work has been featured in places like Time magazine, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and on CBS This Morning.

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