Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Power of Habit

Charles Duhigg explains at length what makes habit stick in The Power of Habit.

How habits are formed?

Loop of - a cue, a routine, and a reward.

Example - want to develop an exercise habit?

Cue - Pack gym cloths/socks/water bottle the previous night.
Routine - Go to the gym once you get up in the morning/Running the first thing you come home from work.
Reward - Improved appetite that helps enjoy a sweet treat like a fruit/Increased energy to play with kids/The kick I get by logging my workouts/Sleep like a baby for 9 hours straight.

What I loved about the book is the idea - how we can control a whole lot of things we are genetically destined to. Things like the propensity to procrastinate, gamble, drink or overeat. Once we recognize the bad habit loops we can take concentrate steps to break the habits. It's work, but it's doable. And that's an awesome thing, because it sets us on the growth mindset. Making a habit of thinking "I am Not Yet there" and then taking deliberate steps towards mastery.

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