5 of the Best Books on Building Habits



We learned last week about the interesting writing habits and routines of some successful writers. (Read them here in case you missed them.)


Today, we will look at five books that can help us better understand why habits are so important and how we can cultivate them.


(All book descriptions are taken from Amazon.com.)


1. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear


Atomic Habits will reshape the way you think about progress and success, and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits--whether you are a team looking to win a championship, an organization hoping to redefine an industry, or simply an individual who wishes to quit smoking, lose weight, reduce stress, or achieve any other goal.


2. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg


In The Power of Habit, award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work.


3. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck


After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. People with a fixed mindset—those who believe that abilities are fixed—are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset—those who believe that abilities can be developed. Mindset reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can put this idea to use to foster outstanding accomplishment.


4. High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way by Brendon Burchard


Whether you want to get more done, lead others better, develop skill faster, or dramatically increase your sense of joy and confidence, the habits in this book will help you achieve it faster. Each of the six habits is illustrated by powerful vignettes, cutting-edge science, thought-provoking exercises, and real-world daily practices you can implement right now.


5. The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth About Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller


People are using this simple, powerful concept to focus on what matters most in their personal and work lives. Companies are helping their employees be more productive with study groups, training, and coaching. Sales teams are boosting sales. Churches are conducting classes and recommending for their members. By focusing their energy on one thing at a time people are living more rewarding lives by building their careers, strengthening their finances, losing weight and getting in shape, deepening their faith, and nurturing stronger marriages and personal relationships.


Have you read any of these books? Tell us what books you would recommend for building better habits.


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