I finished reading The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg this week. I went into the book expecting a detailed list of positive habits or recommendations but got deep insight into the psychology of habits and how they impact nearly every aspect of our lives. The book is full of stories that illustrate this point, and I found it to be an excellent read.
“Change might not be fast and it isn’t always easy. But with time and effort, almost any habit can be reshaped.” – Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit
Our lives are made of habits that are interconnected, and it stands to reason that there is a lot to be gained by taking the time to identify what Duhigg calls keystone habits, that is, habits that impact other aspects of our lives. We benefit when we place a deliberate focus on the “essential few”, increasing the likelihood that our efforts to change or improve our habits will be successful, and in turn, we’ll experience positive impacts in other aspects of our lives.
By becoming aware of the role habits play in our lives we give ourselves a chance to focus on the things that make the most difference.
“Champions don’t do extraordinary things. They do ordinary things, but they do them without thinking, too fast for the other team to react. They follow the habits they’ve learned.” – Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit
So in work and in life, we must examine what we spend our time doing, what we repeat, and then compare that with who we want to be, how we want to engage with our family, friends, coworkers, and where we want to go in life.
This book will help you do just that.