The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

The Power of Habit

Habits are hard to make but easy to break, that is the ugly truth.

Habits are a very crucial part of our daily life. Making a cup of coffee first thing in the morning, brushing our teeth, driving our way to work all feels like a breeze but it feels easy not because it is easy rather it feels easy because these ‘habits’ have deeply rooted in our brain and formed what we popularly call ‘habits’.

According to the book ‘The power of habit’ habits are our body’s way to save energy. Remember the time you were learning to drive? It was hard and intimidating but now driving is like second nature to us. This is the same principle on which the book ‘power of habit’ is based.

Here is a quick insight into the book.

Insight of the book

The book beautifully encapsulates everything you need to know about habits. It is one of the best books ever published on habits.

Brief introduction of the book.

The book ‘the power of habit’ is well known in the sphere of self-development. The author of the book, Charles Duhigg is a well-known writer and a Pulitzer-prize winner. He compiled this amazing guide on habits and people all over the world embraced it.

This book is not only for people with the business but is also for every individual who is trying to create new healthy habits.

The habit loop defined in this book is easy yet informative.

Habit loop

There are three main components of the habit loop.

The cue: the trigger of the habit.

The routine: The action you take in response to the trigger

The reward: the dopamine boost you receive after completing the task.

The book also gives a guide on how to change any bad habit.

In the words of Charles Duhigg “A bad habit can not be extinguished it can only be changed”, which means that you can not erase a habit you can only replace it.

4 Steps for Changing Any Habit

Step 1. Identify the routine.

You need to know more about the routine of your habit, the more you know about the routine the easier it will be to change a habit.  

Step 2. Experiment with rewards.

The reward is the thing that a person craves, attach different rewards into your existing routine and it will motivate you to follow a habit.

Step 3. Isolate the cue.

Identify the triggers that lead you into doing a habit. The more you will know about the cue and routine the easier will it be to change a habit.

Step 4. Have a plan.

You cannot change the cue of the habit and the reward has to be there all you can do is change the routine. 

My Take on the Book

I cannot emphasize enough how much this book has assisted me in forming new habits and adhering to them, I had a mindset that deeply rooted habits can’t be changed but I was proved wrong, according to Charles Duhigg “To change a habit, you must keep the old cue, and deliver the old reward but insert a new routine”.

I love the second part of the book which talks about how habits can make a positive change in society. The book is having a very optimistic approach to life and habits. This is one of the perfect guides you can lay your hands on.

Highly Recommended If:

  •       You are looking for a positive change in your habits.
  •       If you want to replace your bad habits.
  •       If you are a businessman and want to form habits that benefit you and your team.
  •       And in the end, it is for everyone, who wants to dive deeper into the habit-making and breaking process. 

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