James Clear

James Clear quotes on practice

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

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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. You get what you repeat.


The Paradox of Freedom—the way to expand your freedom is to narrow your focus. Stay focused on saving to achieve financial freedom. Stay focused on training to achieve physical freedom. Stay focused on learning to achieve intellectual freedom. The disciplined become the free.


Reading is like fresh food for the mind. The consumption fills you with wisdom. Writing is like exercise for the mind. The effort leads to stronger ideas. Meditation is like fasting for the mind. The practice clears your mental digestive tract.


Whenever you see an overnight success, your eyes deceive you. What you are witnessing is the hour of opportunity unleashing the potential energy of previous choices. It was not one decision, but the accumulated power of all that came before. The fuse was lit on a loaded cannon.


Speed matters, but stamina matters even more. Go as fast as possible while staying fully recovered. Go fast. Stay fresh.


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


The Cycle of Improvement 1. Awareness - identify what you need to improve. 2. Deliberate practice - focus your conscious effort on the specific area you want to improve. 3. Habit - with practice, the effortful becomes automatic. 4. Repeat - begin the cycle anew.


Mastery requires practice. But the more you practice something, the more boring and routine it becomes. Thus, an essential component of mastery is the ability to search for new details in old practices. Don’t abandon the fundamentals. Find something new to be in awe about.


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.


For ideas to truly stick, we must make contact with them repeatedly.


Fall in love with the ritual. Fall in love with the process. Fall in love with the practice. The results can take care of themselves.


To build better skills spend less time passively learning and more time actively practicing. Stop thinking and start doing.


Anyone can dream big. Daily habits—tiny routines that are repeatable—are what make big dreams a reality.


Writers who don't write weekly, write weakly.


Simple habit tip: People who actually write down when, where, and how they will implement a new habit are much more likely to stick with it.


The biggest difference between deliberate practice and simple repetition? Feedback. Measurement raises awareness and accelerates learning.


Deliberate practice is widely considered to be the recipe for success, but there are some crucial caveats to understand about it.


Even people of considerable talent rarely produce incredible work without decades of practice.


Just found a box filled with notes I wrote to myself years ago. I like this one: 1. Know what you want. 2. Go after it relentlessly.

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