The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business Audiobook by Charles Duhigg explores the process of habit formation and the rewards from habits. The author says that habits can bring about desirable and significant changes for individuals, companies and the society overall. Good habits when cultivated can improve efficiency, help in the achievement of goals, and lead to other positive outcomes. Habits are our responses which are present even without our conscious self realizing its existence. Once we understand the process of habit formation and how they work, one can change the existing habits to more desired ones.
The habits work in a three-stage habit loop which consists of the cue, routine and the reward. Cue is the trigger which guides the brain to adopt a particular habit. Routine is the automatic response which can manifest itself physically, mentally, and/or emotionally. The reward is the feelings or sensations produced by the routine. The type of feelings and their positivity decide if the habit will be imbibed and become permanent.
Habits cannot be permanently changed or removed, it can be only bettered or built upon. It can be done by changing the routine and keeping the cue and reward constant. The author also elaborates on keystone habits. Keystone habits are essential to cultivate as they lead to the development of a chain of good habits which result in delivering positive outcomes in one’s life. Exercising is a keystone habit which promotes multiple good habits and produces positive outcomes. They key is to identify and select the right keystone habits which are transformative in nature. Selecting wrong keystone habits can lead to negative results and a downward spiral in life.
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business Audiobook by Charles Duhigg provides the narrative of his book through studies and interviews. The narrative is fluid and simple and helps the readers comprehend the subject easily. The author provides many instances of corporate successes through forming good habits. The readers can get valuable insights into developing positive and transformative habits which can bring about significant positive changes in their lives. The book though has its share of drawbacks like it does not consider that every individual is unique and responds differently to stimulus. It also does not clearly provide an understanding to the readers in identifying the cue and the reward for changing habits.
Overall, the book is recommended for readers from various backgrounds and it will surely help them build better habits and change their lives for good.