BOTM: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

November 4, 2017

 

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste”

 

Shout out to James Bryant for the book loan and recommendation! BOTM The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg is a brilliant read exploring the habits we have in life and work. Habits are subconscious; overeating, smoking, alcoholism, gambling and much more continue to happen whether we want to or not. Days, months, years go by without change as it becomes engrained in our daily lives. When seeking to better ourselves, we try to over haul these habits with abrupt changes often falling short. Each habit has a cue, routine and reward. To change a habit, we need to identify the cue, exchange a routine with one that is preferred and finally give ourselves a reward immediately after. Duhigg explores the science behind sleep walking, the Civil Rights movement, and how Target knows what we want before we are aware of it. I always wonder why people go to jobs they dislike for money to spend on the weekends to get away from unhappiness with no end in sight. It’s a habit that is passed down from our grandparents to our parents to us. Exchanging your life for a dollar causes mid life crises’, unhappiness and drug use, but luckily there is opportunity to change!

If you are trying to change an aspect of your life you are unhappy with; overspending, overdrinking, work you wouldn’t do if you weren’t paid for it, this book is for you! Changing a habit is extremely uncomfortable at first but gets easier over time. (currently creating my own habits with reading, writing reports and meditating)

Next BOTM: Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey A. Moore (thank you for the recommendation John Stieber!)

 

 

 

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