The Power of Habit vs The Power of Choice

How to change a habit

Click Picture to Enlarge  (Charles Duhigg)

“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them”
Denis Waitley

Publically documenting my progress towards changing my sleep habits is quite humbling. I would love to say that from day one, I immediately stopped what I was doing at a certain time and went to bed at my desired goal time.  It would not be true, however,  it is true that I’m making substantial progress and am getting to bed much sooner (as in hours sooner).

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The Power of Habit Identification

Look at Habits Differently

Look at Habits Differently

“Duhigg brings a heaping, much-needed dose of social science and psychology to the subject, explaining the promise and perils of habits via an entertaining ride that touches on everything from marketing to management studies to the civil-rights movement… a fascinating read.”—Newsweek Daily Beast

Does the picture on the left make you uncomfortable? So will changing habits that have been ingrained into your DNA.. This is a continuation of my last post on the power of habit. I do realize that I said I would post what my bad habit was the next day, and then didn’t. Any guesses on why?

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The Power of Habit

Bad Habit Central

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.

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#NMX 2013 Adventures

MortonsPeterShankman

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
E. E. Cummings

The Second day at #NMX ended on a great note. Peter Shankman was in Vegas for #NMX and CES and sent out a tweet announcing an impromptu get-together at Morton’s on Flamingo. I was dead tired, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to say hello to Peter and enjoy a fantastic evening with incredible people. With a quick text to Mona, we met up at the lobby with our new friends Crystal Collins, Chris Deals, and Leslie Samuel who would meet us there later.

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The #NMX Experience 2013

#NMX 2013 Speakers“The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”

Mitch Albom

This time last week, I was already settled in to my room at the Rio in Las Vegas. I was trying to wind down, anticipating a busy schedule ahead at #NMX 2013 and  BusinessNext Social, held in conjunction with NMX.  It’s like Comic-Con (especially with Chris Hardwick making an appearance)  for people who are into “new media” which includes, blogging, podcasting,web-tv and video creators as well as social media. A huge thank you to Rick Calvert, Dave Cynkin, and everyone else involved with making NMX 2013 a success!

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Mindset Matters 2013

What I focus on in life is what I get. And if I concentrate on how bad I am or how wrong I am or how inadequate I am, if I concentrate on what I can’t do and how there’s not enough time in which to do it, isn’t that what I get every time? And when I think about how powerful I am, and when I think about what I have left to contribute, and when I think about the difference I can make on this planet, then that’s what I get. You see, I recognize that it’s not what happens to you; it’s what you do about it. 
W. O. Mitchell

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Top Five List of Funny Sites I’m Thankful For

Turkey Bikini“If you’re at a Thanksgiving dinner, but you don’t like the stuffing or the cranberry sauce or anything else, just pretend like you’re eating it, but instead, put it all in your lap and form it into a big mushy ball. Then, later, when you’re out back having cigars with the boys, let out a big fake cough and throw the ball to the ground. Then say, ‘Boy, these are good cigars!”

Jack Handey

 

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