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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change, by Charles Duhigg

The Power of Habit

This is my current audio book – ‘The Power of Habit’ by Charles Duhigg, and I’m really enjoying it. I think I will go buy a paper copy so I can really go through it carefully and digest it properly.

I’m going to go ahead and quote you some parts of Duhigg’s website, as it’s important stuff.

[In the book] we learn why some people and companies struggle to change, despite years of trying, while others seem to remake themselves overnight. We visit laboratories where neuroscientists explore how habits work and where, exactly, they reside in our brains. We discover how the right habits were crucial to the success of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and civil-rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr. We go inside Procter & Gamble, Target superstores, Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church, NFL locker rooms, and the nation’s largest hospitals and see how implementing so-called keystone habits can earn billions and mean the difference between failure and success, life and death.

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. Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

So, apart from the day to day stuff and the brain stuff which I’m finding fascinating and INCREDIBLY useful, there’s also the company/organisation and the society stuff which is giving me IDEAS. Coz like, we need to be changing this world right now. And that starts with me and you.

Here, check out the Power of Habit TEDx talk anyway.

I’m doing ok with my own power of habit process.

Like I said the other day, drinking water is a keystone habit I have to take care of. If I get my morning routine right, the whole day runs better. It’s important stuff.

Most importantly for me, is not having to think about things that I don’t have to spend my spoons on. It just makes fucking sense for me to have as much of my brainwaves as possible looking like that middle bit on the rat in the maze scans, which is less than when they’re sleeping. (Go watch the video, if you haven’t, and you’ll see what I mean.)

That’s the power of habit, and it’s saving my sanity.

Get your copy of the book:

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change, by Charles Duhigg (you can get it on Amazon US here –, and on Amazon UK here –

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