James Clear

James Clear quotes on future self

Author of the #1 NYT bestseller Atomic Habits. I write about building better habits.

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The more control you have over your attention, the more control you have over your future.

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5 things to consider removing next year: -one toxic person -one annoying customer -one topic that robs your attention -one belief that’s holding you back -one commitment that isn’t worth the effort You don’t have to add things to your life to improve it.

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Growth is trading discomfort in the moment for satisfaction in the future. Decline is trading satisfaction in the moment for discomfort in the future.

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You choose the future with your actions each day.

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The art of living well is a dance between extremes. Planning for the future vs. being present in the moment. Seeing the big picture vs. focusing on the details. Working hard vs. relaxing fully. On then off. Off then on. The challenge is knowing which move life calls for now.

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The costs of your good habits are in the present. The costs of your bad habits are in the future.

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Practice is the price you pay today to be better tomorrow.

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Here's a mind trick I've started to play with money: I calculate how much my current purchases are costing my future self. (I use 7% interest.) Spend $100 today? I'm taking... $350 from myself in 20 years. $1,000 from myself in 35 years. $3,000 from myself in 50 years.

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From Chapter 15 of Atomic Habits: "The costs of your good habits are in the present. The costs of your bad habits are in the future."

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