The Power of Habit
by Charles Duhigg
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A Pulitzer prize-winning journalist reveals the secrets of why you do what you do - and how to change. In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distill vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation. Along the way 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.

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Alice W.Alice W. added a note
Some habits are more important than others. An individual trying to improve their life overall need to prioritize by identifying keystone habits. When keystone habits change, they "shift, dislodge and remake other patterns." They start a process that transforms everything over time.
Alice W.Alice W. added a note
Some habits are more important than others. An individual trying to improve their life overall need to prioritize by identifying keystone habits. When keystone habits change, they "shift, dislodge and remake other patterns." They start a process that transforms everything over time.
Alice W.Alice W. added a note
In the appendix, the author describes a framework that everyone can use to diagnose and shape almost any habits: Identify the routine Experiment with rewards Isolate the cute Have a plan
Alice W.Alice W. added a note
In the appendix, the author describes a framework that everyone can use to diagnose and shape almost any habits: Identify the routine Experiment with rewards Isolate the cute Have a plan
Alice W.Alice W. added a note
In addition to the loop of habit (cue --> routine --> reward), behavior change requires belief -- the belief that the self is in control; the belief that change is possible.
Alice W.Alice W. added a note
In addition to the loop of habit (cue --> routine --> reward), behavior change requires belief -- the belief that the self is in control; the belief that change is possible.