The Power of Habit

Posted by on January 31, 2013 in Day to Day | Comments Off on The Power of Habit

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Where habits are formed

“It is facile to imply that smoking, alcoholism, overeating, or other ingrained patters can be upended without real effort. Genuine change requires work and self-understanding of the cravings driving behaviours.”

Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

I just finished the unabridged audio version of  “The Power of Habit”.  I chose the opening quote because it’s the crux of my lesson. Hard work is something I’m used to – in this particular instance, it’s the “self-understanding of the cravings driving behaviours” that will be the challenge. It’s a key part of the formula needed to make long lasting change.

Funny how sometimes the right book shows up at just the right time – or maybe I can just attribute that to the Buddhist proverb  “when the student is ready, the teacher will appear”.  Well, apparently I was ready – because I got schooled!

What I’m doing at this very moment, is the habit I desperately want need to change.  I’m in the process of doing a “self-intervention”.  I’ll be breaking this topic into a few posts – so please join me tomorrow when I share the bad habit I’m trying to kick and the brain-hacks it’s going to take to do it.

So – any guesses on what the bad habit is?  Bonus points – what bad habit did you change or eliminate and how did you do it?

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