Atomic Habits – Book Review

Atomic Habits by James Clear Book Review.


Atomic Habits

by James Clear

Versions available:

Genre: Golf Psychology Books

Brief synopsis:

This book was a game changer for me.

Atomic Habits is not a book written specifically for golfers, but it is 100% relevant to all golfers. The book gives readers simple methods to help instil new habits and to break bad habits. Habits are huge in golf. This book can help golfers to change habits, such as adopting a new pre-shot routine, changing the way they react to bad shots, or changing their grip.

Atomic Habits is a groundbreaking book that will revolutionise the way the a golfer approaches personal growth. James Clear’s profound insights, backed by scientific research, offer a refreshing take on habit formation and demonstrates the remarkable power of small changes. Whether you aspire to enhance your productivity, improve your relationships, or adopt healthier lifestyle choices, Atomic Habits provides the roadmap to success.

Atomic Habits – Detailed Book Review

For golfers striving to improve their game and unlock their full potential, Atomic Habits by James Clear is an invaluable resource. This book transcends the boundaries of traditional self-help literature, providing golfers with actionable strategies to optimise their habits and achieve remarkable progress on the golf course.

I read this book at a time that I was implementing a significant change in my golf swing. In order to make that change, I needed to force myself to use a new “trigger”. The methods that Clear describes in this book helped me to easily instil this new swing thought by using the 4 laws of behaviour change.

Atomic Habits creates a framework for effective behaviour change by using Clear’s 4 laws to help create new good habits, and break bad habits. Each law has a positive message to help instil a new habit, and then an opposite message to help rid bad habits.

By focusing on small changes, Clear’s concepts align perfectly with golfers that are on a journey of improvement. Small, manageable changes help a golfer to enhance their technique and mindset, and to banish poor techniques and poor swing thoughts.

Consistency and discipline are paramount in golf. When a golfer understands the science behind habit formation, they can develop resilience, embrace challenges, and maintain a positive attitude, allowing them to consistently improve their skills.

Golf is Mental

Golf is as much a mental game as it is a physical one. Atomic Habits equips golfers with the tools to strengthen their mental resilience and enhance their performance under pressure. Clear’s insights on habit stacking, environment design, and identity-based habits, offer golfers innovative ways to cultivate a winning mindset. By optimising their habits and creating a supportive environment, golfers can effectively manage stress, overcome mental obstacles, and maintain focus throughout their rounds.

Atomic Habits – My Favourite Quote

It’s not a quote as such, but more a small section within the Atomic Habits book. Clear refer’s to this section as “The Two Minute Rule”. In brief, this rule is about making any new habit simple. He describes how to scale habits down to make them achievable. Any habit can be broken down into a two minute version:

“Read before bed each night” becomes “Read one page.”

“Do thirty minutes of yoga” becomes “Take out my yoga mat.”

“Study for class” becomes “Open my notes.”

“Fold the laundry” becomes “Fold one pair of socks”

“Run three miles” becomes “Tie my running shoes”

The idea is to make your habit as easy as possible to start.

James Clear – Atomic Habits

Why Golfers Should Read Atomic Habits?

Atomic Habits serves as a game-changer for golfers looking to enhance their skills, mindset, and overall performance on the course. James Clear’s transformative approach to habit formation offers golfers a practical framework for continuous improvement. By adopting atomic habits, golfers can unlock their full potential, develop a growth mindset, reinforce consistency, and build mental resilience. Whether you are a professional golfer or a recreational enthusiast, Atomic Habits will revolutionise your approach to the game, empowering you to elevate your performance and achieve your golfing goals. I honestly struggled to put this book down and have since popped some of the key points onto post it notes around my office. It really is a book that could change your golf.

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About the Author:

James Clear, author of Atomic Habits

Born in Ohio, United States, James Clear is a renowned author and speaker. Clear has established himself as a leading authority in the fields of habit formation, productivity, and personal growth. With his engaging writing style and evidence-based insights, Clear has captivated audiences worldwide, inspiring them to make positive changes in their lives.

Known for his ability to distill complex concepts into actionable strategies, Clear empowers individuals to adopt atomic habits that lead to remarkable transformations. His passion for helping others reach their full potential shines through in his work, making James Clear an influential figure in the world of self-improvement.

Atomic Habits – Version Details

Product Details:

Atomic Habits – Hardback

  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0735211299
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0735211292
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 13+ years, from customers
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.9 x 2.77 x 23.52 cm

Product Details:

Atomic Habits – Paperback

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Random House Business; 1st edition (18 Oct. 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1847941834
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1847941831
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 13+ years, from customers
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.3 x 2.4 x 23.4 cm

Product Details:

Atomic Habits – Kindle Edition

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Cornerstone Digital; 1st edition (18 Oct. 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 9986 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 277 pages

Product Details:

Atomic Habits – Audiobook

  • Listening Length‏ : ‎ 5 hours and 35 minutes
  • Author‏ : ‎ James Clear
  • Narrator‏ : ‎ James Clear
  • Release Date ‏ : ‎ 18 October 2018
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin Audio
  • Program Type ‏ : ‎ Audiobook
  • Version ‏ : ‎ Unabridged

Product Details:

Atomic HabitsAudio CD

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin Group USA; Unabridged edition (10 Sept. 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593207092
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593207093
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 13+ years, from customers
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.9 x 2.84 x 15.09 cm

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Last Updated on 28/09/2023 by StripeyGreenTV

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Rob is the founder and creator of Stripey Green TV. Having played the game for more than 25 years, he has shared a lot of similar experiences to the readers of SGTV, made plenty of mistakes, and picked up a LOT of hints and tips along the way. It was Rob's desire to share his golf experiences that were the primary reason for starting the SGTV website. He is passionate about helping fellow amateur golfers to NOT make mistakes, whether it be in their play, the equipment they purchase, or the golf that they watch.

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