James Clear

James Clear quotes on predict the future

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

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Anticipate, but don’t expect. Anticipation: You’re excited for what the future holds, but you don’t try to control it. Expectation: You try to predict the future and restrict your happiness to one outcome. Always be excited about the possibilities. Never be entitled to them.


You choose the future with your actions each day.


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.


Move toward the next thing, not away from the last thing. Same direction. Completely different energy.


The past is a poor guide to the future of technology, but a good guide to the future of human behavior.


You cannot predict the value your work will provide to the world. And you don't need to. Your job is to make the work, not judge it.


Your habits are the result of a feedback loop that allows your brain to learn from the past in order to better predict the future.


Before a habit forms, you are unsure how to act and guess the best way to respond in a given situation. As a habit forms, your guesses transform into predictions. After a habit forms, you can predict how to act in a given context more or less on autopilot.

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