James Clear

James Clear quotes on lifestyle

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

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New goals don't deliver new results. New lifestyles do. And a lifestyle is a process, not an outcome. For this reason, all of your energy should go into building better habits, not chasing better results.

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Today might be the best chance you have to take action. The longer you wait, the more deeply embedded you get in your current lifestyle. Your habits solidify. Your beliefs harden. You get comfortable. It will never be easy, but it may also never be easier than it is right now.

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Better to live simply and be debt free than to live lavishly and be stressed.

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In the long-run, the people who succeed are the ones who want to live the lifestyle that precedes the results. Stop asking, "What results do I want to have?" Start asking, "What lifestyle do I want to live?" It's common to want results. It's rare to want the lifestyle.

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New goals don't deliver new results. New lifestyles do. And a lifestyle is not an outcome, it is a process. For this reason, all of your energy should go into building better rituals, not chasing better results.

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How long does it take to build a habit? 21 days? 30 days? 66 days? The honest answer is: forever. Because once you stop doing it, it is no longer a habit. A habit is a lifestyle to be lived, not a finish line to be crossed. Make small, sustainable changes you can stick with.

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Authenticity is the gap between your thoughts and your actions. The smaller the gap, the more genuine the lifestyle.

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Desiring results without considering the lifestyle is chasing a false summit. Do not ask, “What do I want my best day to look like?" But rather, “What do I want my normal day to look like?" It’s easy to chase results without realizing you would hate the lifestyle.

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Charity can be a lifestyle, not merely an occasional gift. Read charitably. Give the author your most rational interpretation. Listen charitably. Donate your undivided attention. Work charitably. Be generous with your expertise. In this way, you make charity a daily habit.

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It’s impossible to live a proactive life in a reactive environment. Technology increases the number of triggers in your environment. Soon, you are reacting anytime your phone beeps or buzzes. To take back your time, take away the triggers that interrupt it. Live proactively.

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

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