Atomic Habits

James Clear
Date Started: December 12, 2021
Date Finished: December 14, 2021
4h 37m 43s
Reason Book was Chosen:
I was invited to the 2021 Liberty Fund Conference and this is a required book for the conference reading list.

My Thoughts

Great look at the components of habits and ways to think about them.

2 Comments. Leave new

  • Susan Elliott
    January 17, 2022 4:52 pm

    I listened to your podcast for the first time today. I picked up a tweet from Karen Swallow Prior, but I also downloaded this episode.

    I thought I would share some thing I was thinking about as I listened to your thoughts on habits. Dallas Willard often taught about how people change and it’s his VIM model. (Renovation of the Heart is a good place to start to unpack this.)
    Vision – Intention – Means
    The Vision goes along with James’ suggestion that you need to start with your identity. You need to have a clear Vision for who or what you want to be or do.
    The Intention is the desire and decision for the vision to be fulfilled.
    And the Means is the method you are going to use to fulfill your desire/decision for the vision.

    I liked Atomic Habits. I think it’s just a different way to get at what Dallas is saying. But I think Dallas Willard framed it towards spiritual formation which makes it clearer for me to make changes in my character. My character is already formed by my environment/ community/ habits and so Spiritual formation is really deformation or transformation toward Christlikeness.

    • Hi Susan – thanks for listening and for the information. This is very helpful and I’m made note of the VIM model in my notes. Yes, I’m very interested in application of habits for the spiritual life.


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