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The Proven Way To Develop Positive Habits (And Help Keep Your New Years Resolutions)

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Developing (and maintaining) positive habits may seem easier said than done. But if you’re struggling to make your resolutions a permanent part of your life, we’ve got a suggestion for making them stick. It all starts with small changes – and one book that can make a big difference.     

The secret to creating positive habits – and breaking the negative ones? The book Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear has helped guide Bobby (and our team) to find a framework for building better behavior and making our resolutions really stick. 


Keep scrolling to learn more about atomic habits – and 4 principles from the book that can set you on the path to positive change.



For more tips on getting focused, check out our posts 12 Ways To Be More Productive – And Regain Your Focus and Avoid These 7 Things In The Mornings (For A Better Start To Your Day).

What Are Atomic Habits? 

An atomic habit is a regular practice or routine that is small and easy to do. It is also the foundation of building behavior that will lead to long-term changes. And throughout the book, you learn how to implement these habits, and reframe the system for making changes in your life.



4 Principles Of Atomic Habits



1. Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement.

Much like you earn interest over time in a savings account, sticking to good habits will help you improve yourself over time. And as you see yourself start to improve, those positive habits begin to become second nature.


2. If you want better results, don’t set goals. Focus on your system instead.

As Clear notes in the book, “Goals are about the results you want to achieve. Systems are about the processes that lead to those results.” If you want to achieve real change, you need to look at the process – and your everyday actions – instead of the goal itself.




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3. The most effective way to change your habits is to focus on who you wish to become.

Our thoughts, actions, choices, and habits define who we are. So instead of focusing on what you want to achieve, think about the person you wish to become and the habits associated with that life.


4. The Four Laws of Behavior Change are a simple set of rules we can use to build better habits

Keeping your habits is easier when you follow these four laws:


1. Make It Obvious – Foolproof and totally clear habits are simpler to start.

2. Make It Attractive – Make your habits appealing in some way.

3. Make It Easy – The easier the habit, the easier it is to keep up.

4. Make It Satisfying – Reward yourself for sticking to a habit.



Ready to implement this method? Let us know how you’re using atomic habits to help you make your life even better in the comments below.


  1. The beautiful serene looking home office photo of this article caught my eyes as my son and I were just discussing about how we need to arrange our dual purpose living room to create his study/work space. But this whole article couldn’t come to me at any more perfect timing than this morning. I really needed to read that, so thank you very much. Your way of creating the space (I like to call it sanctuary) has been very inspiring for several years now for me and my son. We keep cheering and sending love to you.

    1. So glad this article could help you out! Thanks for sharing. xx -B