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3-2-1: New perspectives, how to improve your thinking, and revising habits

read on JAMESCLEAR.COM | JANUARY 6, 2022

Happy 3-2-1 Thursday! Welcome to the first edition of 2022.

My year started on a high note. Atomic Habits was the #1 best-selling book of 2021 on Amazon. That’s among all books and all categories. It is also currently the #1 audiobook on Audible. (And given how well the book is selling around the world, it is quite possible Atomic Habits was the best-selling book worldwide for 2021.)

Truly remarkable. Any form of thanks I can offer seems inadequate, but I am deeply, genuinely grateful for your support.

To say thank you, I put together a free course called 30 Days to Better Habits. The course includes a 20-page PDF workbook (with templates and cheatsheets), plus new examples and applications that you can’t find in Atomic Habits. It’s the perfect way to re-focus your habits and start the new year. Totally free.

To enroll, simply click here or visit jamesclear.com/30-days

And now, for the main event…

Here are 3 ideas, 2 quotes, and 1 question to consider this week.

3 Ideas From Me


“It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an expert as long as you’re on the path.

If a beginner is on the path, all they need is time.

If an expert is off the path, they won’t be an expert for long.”

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“Good advice at the wrong time is bad advice.

Life is full of seasons and each season has different requirements.

Know what season you are in, and you can better identify which ideas to utilize.”

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“The longer you’re a teacher, the less you remember what it is like to be a student.

The longer you’re a doctor, the less you remember what it is like to be a patient.

The longer you’re a coach, the less you remember what it is like to be a player.

Change positions. A new perspective can improve your old methods.”

2 Quotes From Others


Prolific writer Joyce Carol Oates on motivation following action:

“One must be pitiless about this matter of “mood.” In a sense, the writing will create the mood. … I have forced myself to begin writing when I’ve been utterly exhausted, when I’ve felt my soul as thin as a playing card, when nothing has seemed worth enduring for another five minutes … and somehow the activity of writing changes everything.”

Source: The Paris Review


Writer David Chapman on how to improve your thinking:

“Learn from fields very different from your own. They each have ways of thinking that can be useful at surprising times. Just learning to think like an anthropologist, a psychologist, and a philosopher will beneficially stretch your mind.”

Source: How to Think Real Good

1 Question For You

Habits need to be revised from time to time.

Which habits do you need to double down on this year? Which habits are no longer serving you and need to be replaced this year?

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Until next week,

James ClearAuthor of the #1 worldwide bestseller, Atomic HabitsCreator of the Habit Journal

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