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Rachel McMichael:

Atomic Habits by James Clear [Book Review]
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Today on the Business With Impact podcast, I am SO excited to kick off our first-ever book review segment.

If you haven’t heard, one of my goals this year was to read at least two books a month. By mid-February, I’d already read over 20!

But more importantly, I’ve already implemented at least one new thing from each book I read.

Imagine how much your business would change if you implemented one new thing every single week?

And here’s the best part —

not only am I going to share what I read and what I learned, but I’m also giving away 10 copies of this book.

Here’s how to enter to win…

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We’re picking 10 new winners every week! And I’m sure some of you unicorns will end up winning time and time again.

I’m excited to introduce you to

Atomic Habits by James Clear

I started reading this book because I’d heard so many of my friends say how much it had changed their life. And after reading it, I’ll tell you that not only is this book a must-read, but it’s a must-read more than once.

I originally listened to it on Audible and then bought the hard copy so I could mark it up over and over again.

This book was unlike any of the other habits books I’ve read because in it, James doesn’t just talk about how to change, he geeks out on the science behind WHY his evidence-based approach works.

And spoiler alert – it REALLY works!

So as you know, whenever I read something, I try and find at least ONE thing I can implement now in my business or life (and ideally THREE great things).

James doesn’t just talk about how to change, he geeks out on the science behind WHY his evidence-based approach works.

These are my top 3 takeaways from Atomic Habits by James Clear

#1

If you get one percent better each day for one year, you'll end up thirty-seven times better by the time you’re done.

One of my actions from this was starting to ask myself each day — what was my 1%? So often I’m guilty of having an all-or-nothing attitude and beating myself up for not changing overnight.

But when I focus on just making things 1% better each day, all of the sudden it’s VERY doable.

And on the flip side – I realize how important it is not to just “skip a day” too. I used to rationalize skipping because “what will that really change?” A whole lot, in fact.

#2

Make your habits OBVIOUS.

James gives so many incredible examples in his book, but one that I love is the simple art of making things easy and obvious + stacking habits together.

Personally, I’ve been trying to get better about taking certain health supplements.

I BOUGHT the supplements and I put them in the kitchen cabinet right above the coffee maker… but for some reason I wasn’t actually TAKING them!

After reading through Atomic Habits, I created a new habit: I bought a purple pill jar (one for the ones that has M-S written on the top, and I filled each section with the appropriate supplements for the week.

Then I set that purple box right next to my coffee maker.

Now, each morning when I’m making breakfast, it’s right there – next to the coffee.

Easy to see, in-sight, and I haven’t skipped a dose since. It’s so simple.

#3

Using the paperclip method

One example that James shares in Atomic Habits is that of a business man who vowed to make 120 sales calls each day.

As a visual representation of these calls, he placed two jars on his desk: one full of 120 paperclips, the other empty.

Each day, the business man would move a paperclip from the full jar to the empty jar as he made a call. He would keep calling until every paperclip was moved.

Day after day. Week after week.

Within 18 months he was bringing in $5 million to the firm.

Visible cues reinforce good behaviors. And in Atomic Habits, James talks about how to include a habit tracker as part of our routine.

I mentioned at the beginning of this episode that reading was a goal of mine this year, and you can bet I’ve been tracking my reading each day this year. And it’s changed EVERYTHING for me.

Now those are just three takeaways, but to be honest I could talk about this book for hours. In fact, it’s one I plan to listen to over-and-over-again at least once a year.

Have you read Atomic Habits by James Clear?

What was your biggest takeaway? Tag me @rachelrmcmichael and James Clear @jamesclear on Instagram to be entered to win one of 10 copies this week.

And if you’re looking for a list of all of my favorites, head to rachelmcmichael.com/books for a full listing of all of the books I recommend for online business owners. In this list I’m sharing my favorites for leadership, mindset, team building, productivity, audience and traffic growth, content creation, sales, and money.

As a final reminder…

we’re giving away 10 copies of this book

and there are TWO ways to be entered to win a copy:

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We’ll be announcing the winners one week from today… and this is one book you don’t want to miss out on!

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Check out our New Book Recommendation Guide

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