James Clear

James Clear quotes on getting started

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

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Stop worrying about how long it will take and get started. Time will pass either way.


It is better to start as a fool and learn from your mistakes than to fake being a genius and ignore your errors.


A tough question to consider today: How long will you put off what you're capable of doing just to maintain what you're currently doing?


If the only reason you're not pursuing a dream is because of the length of time it will take to achieve it, you should start right now. Think long-term.


If you haven’t started, then taking action is more important than finding the best strategy. If you’re already taking action, then ensuring you’re working on the right thing is more important than working harder. Your effort sets your floor. Your strategy sets your ceiling.


How to prepare for bad luck: -spend less than you earn -build an emergency fund -get fit before you need to -be the friend you’ll need some day -ask “How could X go wrong?” and plan for failure -build confidence by conquering small challenges when life is easy


If you work, inspiration will come. If you wait, inspiration will too.


Start with who you wish to become. Shift to how that person would act. Shrink to what you can control.


You never realize your potential by accident, only by choice.


A common path to failure is ignoring the fundamentals while searching for a better way to do things. A common path to success is ignoring things while searching for a better way to do the fundamentals.


The gap between starting before you feel ready and waiting for permission can be a lifetime.


Options reveal themselves after starting. If you feel uncertain in the beginning—join the club. Nobody starts with all the answers. The path to the summit is not fully visible from base camp.


A principle for writing, investing, and life in general: It is much easier to notice when something is working than to predict ahead of time if it will work. Take action, make many small bets, and run lots of quick (but thoughtful) experiments. Then, double-down on the winners.


Step 1: Life is a series of games. Carefully choose which games you want to play. Step 2: Each game has a set of rules. Develop a deep understanding of them. Step 3: Master a niche within the rules. Play to your strengths. Step 4: Step outside the rules. Create your own game.


Cooking one healthy meal isn’t enough to get fit. Writing one sentence isn’t enough to finish your novel. Reading one page isn’t enough to make you smart. Asking one person out might not be enough to find love. ... but it’s a good start.


Rome wasn't built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour. You don't have to build everything you want today, just lay a brick.


You can’t make a comeback if you don’t start.


Start now. Optimize later. Imperfect starts can always be improved. Obsessing over a perfect plan will never take you anywhere on its own.


In the beginning, you just have to master the art of showing up. You don't even have to succeed. You just need to get started.


Motivation can be minimal if actions are easy. Start small and become the kind of person who shows up every day. Build a new identity. Then increase the intensity.


In the beginning, you must begin. Most of us start in the same place: no money, no resources, no contacts, no experience. Start anyway.


If you have a goal, the most important thing is to start. Do not wait for motivation. If it’s not there, it will come after starting.


If you have a goal, the most important thing is to start. Do not wait for motivation. If it’s not there, it will come after starting.


If you’re serious about making real change, then you have to start small. Tiny actions become consistent patterns.


Use what you already know. Claiming you need to “learn more” or “get your ducks in a row” is just a crutch that prevents you from starting.


Newton's First Law applied to habit formation: Objects in motion tend to stay in motion. Getting started is the hardest part.


If you want to stay motivated for good, then start with a challenge that is just manageable, measure your progress, and repeat the process.


The best way to change the world is in concentric circles: start with yourself and work your way out from there.

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