Change Habit

 

TITLE: The Power of Habit - Why We Do What We Do and How to Change

AUTHOR NAME: Charles Duhigg

AUTHOR CREDENTIALS: C. Duhigg is a Pulitzer-prize winning American journalist and author of non-fictional literature. He was a reporter for ‘The New York Times’ and has written the best-seller «Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business» and «The Power of Habit - Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business»

GENRE: Personal development

FORMAT: Paperback / 400 pages

PUBLISHER: Random House

FIRST PUBLIFICATION: February 2012

PRICE: $ 12-15  (the price may vary due to special price offers or other decisions made by the seller)

WHERE TO BUY: Paperback - Book Depository /
eBook - eBooks.com

SHORT SUMMARY: This book is about the science of habit formation in our lives, companies, and societies. Understanding how habit works are the key to be able to stop addictive habits and replace them with new healthy ones.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Private individuals and business people who want to change their habits into better ones as well as for people who in general are interested in the human psychology.

MY PERSONAL RATING:         (5 / 5)

 


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Summary of Content

 

We all have developed habits, good ones, and bad ones, since the day we were born. Many of us have tried to change habits like stop biting the nails, stop drinking too many soft drinks, start exercising regularly or stop addictive habits like smoking or drinking alcohol. Mostly it is difficult to follow the intentions made and we fall back into the old habits. Why is that?

The answer we find deep inside of our brain. In «The Power of Habit» (Paperback / eBook), the award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg explains why we develop habits and how we can change them.

Certain habits can be destructive to our health and relationships. Habits can make the difference in becoming efficient and successful. The right habit can change everything for the better – it can even be a matter of life and death. Understanding how habit works are essential if we want to change our lives in a substantial way.

With help of examples out of real life, Charles Duhigg tells about how transformations have taken place for people who have had severe or addictive habits. We also learn about how well-known companies and communities have gone through great transformations and have become successful by changing the habits.

Discover how the right habits were vital to the victory of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps and the success of Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and civil-rights fighter Martin Luther King Jr.

We are not victims of our habits.
We can change our habits and this means
we can change our lives for the better.

 

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Do you have the desire to...

 

...become a better version of yourself?

...make something out of your life?

...enjoy a long lasting healthy life?

 

Read "The Power of Habit" and learn how to take control of your life.

 

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Do you have any questions or want to share your experiences having read this book?
I look forward to hearing from you.

 

14 Thoughts on “The Power of Habit – Book Review”

  • Hello Pernilla! From the summary of content it sounds like it’s the kind of book anybody and everybody would really need to go through. I’m pretty sure that we all have those dreaded habits, the ones we want to get rid of, but for many different reasons, we seem to be stuck with them. I, for one, am one such person.

    Many thanks for this wonderful review of the book, and I’m pretty sure that I will make a purchase in the very near future.

    • Hello James,

      I’m so delighted to greet you once again at Easy Steps for Healthy Living.

      You are absolutely right, I believe most of us have some habits we could change for the better. I’m myself working on changing one habit after the other. It works well for me to add one good habit step by step. In that way, it isn’t too overwhelming. This book has helped me to understand how habits get formed and how to trick out the brain, by replacing the bad habit with a new one. For example, when I crave for chocolate, I eat roasted, unsalted nuts instead.

      If you have any more questions about this book or you’d like some Habit Changer tips, please contact me, I’d love to be of help.
      Best wishes,
      Pernilla

  • Hello Pernilla, your review convinced me this is a book I need as a part of my “self-help” library. Some say it takes approximately 14 days to change a habit. I think this book could help me to cut that time back significantly.

    All the best,
    Sue

    • Hello Sue,

      I’m so glad to receive another comment from you. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

      Yes, this book is really interesting and helpful. Understanding how habits really work and how our brain reacts underlines our intentions. This knowledge makes it easier to detect when our brain wants to trick us to get that serotonin or adrenalin kick it so very much strives for.

      It depends on what kind of habit you want to change. Some may take only a week or two to change, but others may need half a year or sometimes longer. Patience and willpower are needed, and knowledge and the desire to want the change is the key to success.

      I’m here for you should you have any more questions concerning healthy living and habit change.

      All the best,
      Pernilla

  • There a lot of habits I would like to break and many good ones I would like to form. Based on your review this book looks like it can be very self-empowering to aid in doing that. It is amazing sometimes how a habit can form without even realizing it. You get into a routine and before you know it you’ve adopted a habit. Hopefully, they are all good, but sadly for me, not always the case. I look forward to checking out this book. Thank you for the recommendation.

    • Hello Christina,

      Thank you so much or your insightful comment. Like you say, habits mostly are formed without us being quite aware of it. We start doing something in a particular way, and even if we realize that it is not always good for us, we don’t take us the time to break out of the habit.

      I’m myself checking my habits and working on forming better and healthier ones, step by step. This book has helped me a lot. I like how Charles Duhigg talks about real persons and how they have been able to change their lives totally by analysing their habits and replace the bad habits with good ones. There are as well examples of how businesses also have habits which influence their business results. By reading this book you’ll learn how habits work and how to change them yourself.

      Wish you great success, changing your habits.
      Pernilla

  • I have always had a difficult time breaking habits that were not nurturing to me, and conversely, creating new habits that I needed to do to stay healthy, or be more productive. I read once that it takes 3 weeks to make or break a habit, and I look forward to reading The Power of Habit, to see if this book can help enhance what I already know to be true, but have not yet been successful doing it. Thanks!

    • Hello Amy,

      So wonderful to receive another comment from you. Changing habits can be a tough nut to crack and it depends on what kind of habit you want to change. Some may take only a couple of weeks to change, but others may need half a year or sometimes longer. First, it is most important to want to do the change. Second, understanding the benefits – preventing future chronical diseases, getting rid of pain etc. – helps to see beyond the uncomfortable feelings about changing the habit. Third, thinking of your beloved ones and wanting to be there for them, healthy and as long as possible enjoying life together, is an enormous driving power.

      Yes, I absolutely recommend you to read this book. Understanding how habits really work and how our brain reacts makes it easier to detect when our brain wants to trick us to get that serotonin or adrenalin kick it so very much strives for.

      Enjoy the book, and should you have any questions, please contact me.

      Pernilla

  • Hi, Pernilla,

    Changing habits is a painful topic for me! I mean, I notice so many bad patterns in my character, which I don’t have the will and the power to change! But I have to! That’s why I will read the book of Charles Duhigg.

    Does he share some practical advice, and tactics which readers may follow, during the process of changing a habit?

    My other question is, did you succeed in changing a habit of yours, you considered wrong? Anything shared with you could be an inspiration to me:)

    Thank you!

    • Hello Tony,

      You are not alone in this dilemma, most people don’t find it easy to change a habit. The book by Charles Duhigg is very helpful and while reading you get inspired and motivated to change the habits, which you know are not good for you. In the first part, there are examples of how individuals have been able to change their habits. In the second part, you learn how businesses have become more successful by changing habits (work processes, thought patterns etc.). At the end of the book, Charles Duhigg presents a framework for understanding how habits work and a guide to be experimenting with how they might change. There is no universal recipe, as every person is unique, but this is a practical guide on how to start your journey to a healthier and successful you.

      I have changed many habits since I started my journey to a healthier me. For example, my first big change was to stop drinking sweetened drinks like iced sweet tea and sodas. I did like explained in the post “How to start living healthy”. What made me at ease, was that knowing if I drink fewer calories, I still may eat ice cream (my favourite dessert) and chocolate. Another successful habit change was to exercise regularly at least 4 times a week, at least 30 minutes each time. My husband and I bought a home exercise bike, where we can sit upright with our back – this makes it possible to hold a book or an IPad in your hands while pedaling. Reading while exercising made it so much more endurable. Now after about 10 years of regularly doing exercises, I can’t think of a life without it.

      Tony, I hope these examples help you to get creative and find your own way of motivating you to change your habits. If you struggle with finding a way to do it, please, contact me via my contact page and describe what habit you want to change and I’ll happily give you advice, tips and hints on how to tackle this.

      Your habit coach,
      Pernilla

      • Thank you very much, Pernilla,

        You were so kind to share some of your experience with changing (bad) habits! Indeed, your advice is an inspiration to me! My problem is called procrastination, and I know I have to become more effective in what I am doing. The other issue I have is lack of focus – simply put, I cannot concentrate on the job I have started, and always distract myself with a ton of useless activities, instead of finalizing the task, and then relaxing.

        I found very useful what you’ve shared – both from the “Power of Habit” book and your personal life! Reading you is not just a pleasure, but a learning curve for me!

        Have a great day!

        • Tony, so great to know my advice inspires you.
          I can very well understand how you feel. Believe me, this is also something I have to fight with – staying focused on what I’m doing. There are so many distractions; phone, messages, emails steadily coming in. The To-Do-List seems to have no end. This is very stressful and absolutely not healthy. I’m still working on methods to solve this for myself.
          A very good advice I have received from listening to and learning from successful people is to set goals; monthly, weekly and daily goals. I write them down in my agenda, but you can also use practical online tools like for example ToDoIst. Each and every day we must choose to do the things according to their importance. We have to make a habit out of doing the most important thing first. Decide the evening before, which one is the most important task for tomorrow. Write it down on a big paper and place it on your work desk so you see it when you start the work for the day. DECIDE – PREPARE – DO.
          The things we don’t manage to do, we put on the list for the next day or for next week, depending on its importance.

          May you succeed!
          Pernilla

  • It is encouraged to read as many books as we can. I have read (no pun intended) that one book a week is the best. But if we are unable to due to busy schedule, then at least one new book a month.

    I think it is time I pick up a new book to read again. It has been a long while since I have done that. (these days reading more from the Internet)

    I love self help, motivational and inspirational books. So, I think The Power of Habit will be a good choice, based on your review. Thank you.

    • Thank you, Timotheus, for leaving one more very interesting comment. Reading regularly is very healthy for your brain and the body. You learn a lot by reading and develop brain synapses and it is also stress-reducing. I believe it is not that important how many books you read per week or per month – some people read faster and another slower. The most important is that you read regularly, each day 30 minutes if possible.

      I’m sure you will find “The Power of Habit” a great choice. It’s a great book for individuals but also for business people – showing the huge impact, bad and good habits have in our daily life.

      Enjoy reading,
      Pernilla

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