April Highly Recommended Read
This month’s recommended book is Atomic Habits by James Clear. Habit change is a subject very close to my heart. So much so that I devised the 14 Day Habit Builder Challenge to help people refocus and work on nurturing positive habit change.
In this book James has picked up the trail left by another fantastic book by Charles Duhigg entitled The Power of Habit (Random House Books, 2013). Where Charles broke down the mechanics of habits at the individual, organisational and societal level, James adds a new layer to the story.
With a very pragmatic approach, he helps the reader see how all improvements start small and require integration into already established routines or else they won’t last. He also breaks the process of habit creation into four simple steps; each with useful levers to help strengthen the probability that a specific habit will stick. These four steps are:
- Noticing – bringing things into the conscious awareness
- Wanting – building a genuine desire for making a specific change
- Doing – designing a routine that works!
- Liking – enjoying the process
If you want to work on your habits and help me gather data for what I believe remains missing join our 14 Day Habit Builder Challenge. Over the 14 days, you’re invited to learn more about your inner workings and get you closer to something you want to make happen in your life.
James Clear talks about Atomic Habits
3 reasons to read Atomic Habits
1. A highly practical book
It’s a highly practical book that takes a positive psychology approach and focuses on helping you build the habits you want to have instead of focusing you on eliminating what you don’t want. This happens naturally anyway.
The book has inspired me to want to write the third part to the habits story that I believe is missing from both books above and it also inspired by 50 push-up challenge. I’m proud to say that as I write this review, I can do 28 push-ups in one go and 60 in 3 sets.
3. Greater focus
Reading this book has inspired me to write more. It also helped me become a more focused writer. James has a knack for keeping things simple, concise and memorable.
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More recommended books
This month’s book is “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” by Lori Gottlieb. I’m not sure how I came across this book but I’m so glad I did.
I Never Said I Loved You by Rhik Samadder is a memoir which talks frankly about depression with awe inspiring honesty.
This month’s recommended book is Dreaming through Darkness by Charlie Morley. Take your first step towards self-love.
The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa is an amazing collection of superbly crafted diary entries and musings disguised as a novel.