My Recommendation: Read This Book!
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I don’t reread many books, and so I don’t buy many books. I read fast, get the core concept, then I’m done and off to another one. But this? I bought The Power of Habit, and I’ve reread it several times. Charles Duhigg is a fascinating writer (he’s also the author of Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business, which is also a fascinating read), and in the Power Of Habit he explores habits and human behavior. From the streets of Iraq to Anywhere, USA, Duhigg takes the reader on a journey through “why we do what we do.”
What Will I Get Out Of The Power Of Habit?
You’ll learn why it’s so hard to start exercising, and so easy to dig into that Ben and Jerry’s every night. While Duhigg doesn’t directly help you create habits, this is the “easy” read to learn the psychology behind why and how to create habits.
Why Should I Care?
Well, hopefully you found this site because you wanted to change your habits. And part of change is understanding the why. Why do you want to change? Why do you act the way you do? Why do some habits seem so hard to create? If you’re curious why, this is the book for you. If you just want action steps, try this section.
What Else Do I Get?
This book is divided into three main sections following an introduction; one for individuals, one covering businesses, and the last covering the habits of societies. Each section focuses on why and how each topic creates their habits, and how to affect those habits. Duhigg sprinkles in anecdotes of several people who drastically changed their lives through the use of habits, organizations that were transformed by someone who saw a way to create better habits in the employees of the company, and societies affected by simple habit changes.
Why Should I Read The Sections On Changing Businesses and Societies?
This article was first published on this site in July of 2020, in the United States. Recently, we’ve seen a huge upsurge of social awareness towards what Black Americans and other people of color go through on a daily basis, and change is often coming from within organizations and communities, rather than being handed down from the top. Employees are calling for more representation in their upper management and communities are calling for huge social change. Within this book you’ll find the reasons why some of these changes will succeed, while others won’t do as well.
But I Want To Change X Habit Now!
Then this book may not be for you (yet). Try BJ Fogg’s Tiny Habits or James Clear’s Atomic Habits for more detailed steps on making everyday changes. Or try this post on what craving has to do with habit creation.
If you want to change your habits, you need to understand why they’re created in the first place. Duhigg presents an easily-understood and interesting peek into “why we do what we do, in life and business.”
Why do you do the good or bad habits you have? What’s the habit loop you recognize in your life now? Leave a comment below!