Chapter 1: The surprising power of atomic habits

If you can get 1 percent better each day for one year, you’ll end up thirty-seven times better by the time you’re done.

What people see is a breakthrough. What people don’t see are all the small details that happened before it. And those small things are the reason that one becomes successful. All the small actions and habits one establishes are what drove them towards success every single day.

Small habits compound over time, and they are barely visible at the beginning. Only after time can they build into a powerful system. We expect that when we improve slowly, the effect will be linear and that we will see the positive difference right away. It’s discouraging if we don’t see progress. However, progress is not linear. It’s exponential, and barely visible at the beginning. It takes some time to see results.

You have to trust the system and not expect immediate results.

Principles to follow