Why We Do What We Do

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In yesterday’s notes Forgetting Simple Things how our short-term or long-term memory systems work was discussed briefly. In this Notes, how our habits are formed and how could we give up our bad habits and develop good habits is explored.

Power Of Habits

The title of this Notes posts is the subheading of The Power of Habits by The New York Times award winning investigative reporter Charles Duhigg. In the book the author explains why some us do what what we do and “struggle to change, despite of our trying, while others seem t remake themselves overnight”.

At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work.

Charles Duhigg from The Power of Habit

The book (PDF version) is available for free download from the Take Charge World website.

About the Book

Some of the comments about the book, from it back cover.

The Power of Habit is not a magic pill but a thoroughly intriguing exploration of how habits function. Charles Duhigg expertly weaves fascinating new research and rich case studies into an intelligent model that is understandable, useful in a wide variety of contexts, and a flat-out great read. His chapter on ‘keystone habits’ alone would justify the book.

David Allen, bestselling author of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Charles Duhigg masterfully combines cutting-edge research and captivating stories to reveal how habits shape our lives and how we can shape our habits. Once you read this book, you’ll never look at yourself, your organization, or your world quite the same way.

Daniel H. Pink, author of #1 New York Times bestselling Drive and A Whole New Mind

Steve “SJ” Scott writing review of “The Power of Habit” in his website summarizes what Charles’ power of habit teaches us:

  • Golden rule of changing habits: Don’t resist craving. Redirect it.
  • Kicking habits is hard due to rewards at the end of the habit loop.
  • To end bad habit, replace with a new routine.
  • Companies can use these habits and cravings to market to customers.
  • Keystone habits can help you form other habits.
  • Denying rewards without replacing them makes people frustrated.
  • Craving can work also work to reinforce good habits.
  • Small wins are important because they create an impetus behind habit change.Willpower is a finite resource.
  • All habits form a cue-routine-reward loop.

Summing Up

To sum up, the author demonstrates through examples in his book that “Habits aren’t destiny. .. harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives”.

Its one of the best books that we all should read if we are serious about changing our habits.

The content of this Notes was inspired by Charles Duhigg’s book The Power of Habits.