James Clear

James Clear quotes on personal identity

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

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1

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 identity. This is why habits are crucial. They cast repeated votes for being a type of person.

2

The “bad” workouts are the most important ones. It's easy to train when you feel good, but it’s crucial to show up when you don’t feel like it—even if you do less than you hope. Going to gym for 15 minutes might not improve your performance, but it reaffirms your identity.

3

We all experience failure. Mentally tough people realize failure is just an event, not an indication of their identity and self-worth.

4

Every creator has a choice: You can either be judged because you created something or ignored because you left your greatness inside of you.

5

Agree or disagree? "Tell me your habits, and I'll tell you who you are."

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