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What We're Talking About
  • A team of ordinary athletes goes from mediocre to world class 
  • A non-cook becomes an amateur chef in less than a year. 
  • A lifelong smoker finally quits…and for good this time.

How do these seismic changes happen? What’s the secret?

It’s a common misconception that big success requires big action. If you’ve ever made a resolution to get fit, you probably booked yourself into 6 gym classes in the very first week. 

But that kind of huge first step is a surefire road to quitting – and never reaching your desired fitness goals.

💡 Meaningful big picture change occurs when we change our daily habits.

Think of habits as the compound interest of self-improvement. If a person dedicates themselves to one percent of change every day for one year, they’ll end up thirty-seven times better by the time they’re done. 


What began as a small win - reading one chapter, running one mile - can slowly accrue into a whole new lifestyle pattern. 

We’re going to call these small habit changes Atomic Habits.

💡 Atomic Habits are THE building blocks for long term change.

Why It Matters

The concept of overnight success is a myth. Most people who reach their dreams do so after years of hard work, failure, set backs and small gains.

Remember the fable of the tortoise and the hare? Slow and steady wins the race. You can apply the same lesson to habit and behavioral change. 

It may seem counter-intuitive but one long journey of small, incremental steps will get you to the finish line faster than sprinting to the front of the pack only to quickly give up time and time again.

How You Can Use It

The practical implementation of Atomic Habits can be used for both individuals and groups. If you want to:

  • Change a behavior or
  • Learn a new skill

…the building blocks of Atomic Habits are tried-and-true tools for success.

Reflect and Learn More

Make a list for yourself or with your team of:

  • 3 habits you want to make, and 
  • 3 habits you want to break 

Once you’re done reading each book Insight, revisit these habits. Select one from each category (“make” or “break”) that you can change by applying what you’ve learned.

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