Having read two of her other, better known books, I knew that Jen Sincero would have some excellent advice to offer in the area of habits, and I was not disappointed.
Whereas James Clear’s phenomenal book, Atomic Habits, is what I would consider the definitive book on habits, I feel that it lacks some of the humanity, intimacy and care that’s present in Sincero’s work.
That being said, Badass Habits lacks a lot of the best stuff in Clear’s book too! Reading both — and applying both — will give you the benefits of both.
Reading Badass Habits, you really feel that Sincero is on your side, and that she has credibility as a fellow-traveler on the path, just as James Clear gains credibility by virtue of the science-backed approach of his books.
Below is a collection of my best notes that I’ve taken from Badass Habits, but with very little additional commentary from me. You can find the rest of my notes from this book here, and my list of best/favorite books here.
Now, let’s start building some great habits!
The best ideas all in one place
“When it comes to building great habits and ditching lame ones, your commitment to staying focused on who you’re becoming regardless of where you are/who you are right now is the mightiest power you’ve got.”
You should run in the same direction as the wind, so to speak, if you want to build good, strong habits. You do this in part by identifying as someone who has good habits, not someone with bad habits who is trying to change them.
You almost literally cannot act in opposition to your identity, so working on identity change is one of the most powerful levers you can pull when you’re trying to change your habits.
“Having a reality that is solid means I feel secure in spite of the fact that I’m spinning around on a ball in infinite space, and that my impending death is actually the only thing I can be absolutely sure of.”
“There ain’t no shame in being human.”
“The first step to making any major change in your life is always awareness.”
“Identities come equipped with matching habits.”
“Habits define who you’re being at a certain moment in time; they’re not who you are.”
“I don’t know about you, but I sometimes hear my mother’s words come flying out of my mouth with such hair-raising precision it’s like she’s hiding behind a bush feeding me lines.”
“The exercise of dismantling your fear is almost always very anticlimactic.”
“Saying yes when you want to say no is a habit like any other.”
“I’d hate to be a bird. You have to build your house with your face.”
“Saying yes is how you get in on life.”
“Life is much more enjoyable when lived fully.”
“Be grateful for all the ease and help and love and fun that yes will bring into your life and start cracking yourself open.”
“It’s inspiring to realize how many excellent habits you have.”
“Who will you be stuck being if you tell yourself that you can’t have what you want or that going after your desires isn’t worth the effort?”
“Every moment of every day you have the chance to start over with a clean slate.”
“If you want to make a habit stick this time, do it differently this time.”
“Get out of the way and into the flow.”
“What if you had the compassion for yourself that you tend to reserve for other people?”
As is perhaps obvious, I’m a huge fan of Jen Sincero, even though the titles of her books are definitely not titles you want to be seen reading in public!
Badass Habits is actually pretty short, but if you enjoyed these notes, you’d probably still get a lot out of the whole book. I also highly recommend her other book, You Are a Badass, and also, You Are a Badass at Making Money. Both of them are excellent, helpful, and really, really funny.
But that’s it for today, and I hope you enjoyed reading these ideas from Badass Habits!
All the best,
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