Learn how to apply the three best actionable James Clear quotes from the #1 New York Times bestseller of Atomic Habits.
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These James Clear quotes are pulled from his 3-2-1 Thursday email newsletter.
You’re about to learn how to take the best James Clear quotes and put them into action today!
Let’s get right into it!
1.” Prime your environment to make the next action easy.”
Don’t make the mistake of overlooking the power of this quote by James.
When he refers to “priming your environment,” he’s talking about your internal emotional environment.
Your emotional state has the biggest influence on the actions you take or do not take.
Let’s take the same person, for example, and contrast two unique emotional environments and let’s see how his behaviors differ.
Imagine Steve is very depressed as he just got laid off from work.
Steve works out regularly, but today he’s going to take the day off, grab a pizza, and then meet up with friends for a drink to get his mind off things.
The behaviors Steve is exhibiting in the example above over time would cause a shift in his health both mentally and physically if he remains in a depressed emotional state.
Imagine Steve in a polar opposite scenario.
Steve just received a promotion!
He works out regularly, and today he can’t wait to get to the gym because he feels energized.
Steve jumps on the flat bench and feels stronger than usual, so he attempts his PB of one rep at 275 pounds and does it twice!
What’s important to note here is Steve is the same person in each example, yet his emotional environment is completely different.
Action to take
Think about one emotion you’d like to feel.
Now using the power of your imagination, I want you to imagine a scene in detail to elicit this very emotion.
Activate all five senses while imagining yourself in this scene with your eyes closed.
Think about what you’ll see, hear, smell, feel, and taste.
Make the scene appear so vivid and clear that your body responds to it as if it were real!
Is it safe to assume you felt your desired emotion?
Aren’t you now charged and ready to take an action in alignment with your desires?
2.” Awareness is often enough to motivate change.”
This is one of the most important quotes from James Clear because it highlights the #1 most important skill to master your reality.
Self-awareness is knowing where you focus your thoughts, energy, and attention.
Self-awareness can also be seen as how awake you are throughout your life.
An awake person is conscious and is capable of managing where they allow their attention to wander off to.
Actionable to take
Perform a “vibe check” every hour on the hour.
Ask yourself, “what emotional state am I currently feeling?”
Once you determine your emotional state, ask yourself what’s fueling it.
You’ll immediately discover what you’re thinking about is the fuel.
These may be images, stories, or mental movies playing in your mind.
If you’re feeling a desirable emotion, then stay where you are.
Feeling a less-than-desirable emotion, then quickly shift your focus, energy, and attention to a different image, story, or mental movie.
3.”You cannot remove struggle from life, but you can improve your ability to handle challenges.“
This is a powerful quote from James Clear, as it highlights a classic challenge all of us face.
How we deal with and overcome life’s obstacles.
Life will have its ups and downs, but how we manage the troughs determines the quality of our lives.
We all have a set of habitual responses to obstacles we can better manage.
Action to take
One of my favorite ways to view obstacles in my life is to choose my perspective on them.
I ask myself one simple question every time an obstacle confronts me.
“Do I choose to perceive this as a challenge or a threat?”
Notice how I use the word “choose.”
This is because nothing has meaning until we give meaning to it.
Obstacles are no different.
Choose to view obstacles as a threat, and you’re likely to trigger the fight, flight or freeze response.
This is a suboptimal reaction to an obstacle and often yields poor outcomes.
Choose to view the same obstacle as a challenge, and you instantly become excited to face this challenge head-on!
View obstacles as a challenge, not a threat, and watch you overcome anything better than ever!
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