How to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones with James Clear

by Scott Barry Kaufman, October 18, 2018

Today it’s a great delight to have James Clear on the podcast. Clear’s website, jamesclear.com, receives millions of visitors each month, and hundreds of thousands subscribe to his email newsletter. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Time, and Entrepreneur, and on CBS This Morning, and is taught in colleges around the world. Clear is the creator of The Habits Academy, the premier training platform for organizations and individuals that are interested in building better habits in life and work. His latest book is called “Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones”.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How the mind is a “suggestion engine”
  • How James has grown since his last appearance on The Psychology Podcast
  • The importance of “dichotomy transcendence”
  • The importance of choosing the best environment for your genes
  • How was easily fall into “frictionless” habits
  • How environment design plays a crucial role in habit change
  • The four laws of behavior change
  • The multiple levels of behavior change
  • The link between identity and habit change
  • The importance of small habits
  • Why we should stop focusing on goals and focus on systems instead
  • Why it’s easier to build a new habit in a new environment
  • How to go from good to great


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