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The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
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Jan 15, 16

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bookshelves: ux, self-help, business-books
Read in July, 2012

Duhigg's Power of Habit offered a staggering statistic about our lives: 40% of what we do is habitual. 40 percent! That means that a huge majority of what we do in our lives is practically unconscious and habitually helping us progress or digress.

The major takeaways for me include two main insights. First, identifying your habit's cues and rewards gives one understanding of why we do what we do. For example, when analyzing my habit of running, there are specific cues and rewards that both initiate and reward my exercising. My cues revolve around clearing my head and feeling accomplishment. I run either in the morning (after I wake up) or after work (after a long day at school/work) to clear my head. Also, I desire to accomplish something everyday, and running fulfills that craving. If I run in the morning, then I feel that I've already accomplished something that day.

The second takeaway from this book is the principle of small victories. When you have a series of small victories, then your days can't help but to be filled with successful habits. For example, I feel accomplishment with a morning run. After a great start to the day, other small victories come more easily. I'm more positive,I want to eat healthy, I have more patience, and I work more efficiently. It's just a balanced way to live life.

Identifying Cues/Rewards and earning Small victories changes habits and subsequently 40% of your life.
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Arsjaad We are in the same lane.

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Farida Jafar Thank you so much for sharing. I know that to lose some weight, I need to start doing some exercise, but somehow can't think about it enthusiastically. Reading your comment, gives me some ideas...

message 3: by Gwynon (new)

Gwynon Just stumbled across this review, and couldn't ignore the terrible enterpretation of the word 'majority' 40% is not a majority, by definition to be a majority it must be greater than 50%.

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