Alexandre Lim

Atomic HabitsBy James Clear

It's a book that changed my life and is my top recommendation. It's easy to read with many practical actions to take. I applied what I learned, and over time, results showed up. No magic. The book gives you awareness of simple things of the human condition with steps to leverage your own power to accomplish great results.


Too often, we convince ourselves that massive success requires massive action.

Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement.

Times magnifies the margin between success and failure. It will multiply whatever you feed it. Good habits make time your ally. Bad habits make time your enemy.

Goals are about the results you want to achieve. Systems are about the processes that lead to those results.

Focus on your system instead of setting goals.

You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.

Focus not on what you want to achieve, but on who you wish to become.

Every action is a vote for the type of person you wish to become.

Habit feedback loop: cue, craving, response, and reward.

The Four Laws of Behavior Change: make it obvious, make it attractive, make it easy, make it satisfying.

You need to be aware of your habits before you can change them.

Once a habit is formed, it is unlikely to be forgotten.

It’s easier to avoid temptation than resist it.

Self-control is a short-term strategy, not a long-term one.

Habits are a dopamine-driven feedback loop.

It is the anticipation of a reward—not the fulfillment of it—that gets us to take action.

We tend to imitate the habits of three social groups: the close, the many, and the powerful.

Focus on taking action, not being in motion.

When friction is low, habits are easy.

Standardize before you optimize. You can’t improve a habit that doesn’t exist.

The Cardinal Rule of Behavior Change: What is immediately rewarded is repeated. What is immediately punished is avoided.

The first three laws of behavior change increase the odds that a behavior will be performed this time. The fourth increases the odds that it will be repeated next time.

Keep your habit streak alive. Never miss twice.

Pick the right habit and progress is easy. Pick the wrong habit and life is a struggle.

Anyone can work hard when they feel motivated. It’s the ability to keep going that makes the difference.

Professionals stick to the schedule;amateurs let life get in the way.

Habits + Deliberate Practice = Mastery.

Be careful of the identity you choose.

Last Updated

March 12th, 2022