The Power of Habit: How to Get Yourself to Do Anything
Once you have read The Power of Habit, you'll learn why habits are so powerful and how they can be used to redefine your thinking and behavior. That knowledge makes it easier to avoid being trapped into bad habits, while building better ones.
The Power of Habit is an enlightening book about the habits of individuals, companies, and societies. Numerous examples of real life habits are shared in an intriguing way. This will teach you how to break or change any bad habits that you may have.
“The problem with motivation is that it fades,” said no one ever… but seriously, who hasn't uttered some variation of this phrase? Motivation is sometimes an impossible force to harnesxals and are more adaptable to shifting circumstances. I challenge anyone to take a look around — what you'll notice isn't the hundred plus daily decisions between right and wrong we make (although they number in the thousands), but rather repeating patterns of behavior we follow every day. What you are surrounded by are habits repeated by those around you, whether or not they're conscious of it. Your actions are driven by habits. The winners in life, regardless of what they’re doing, they all have a series of habits that they practice every single day. And their habits are the reason why they always win. Now the power of habit can be applied to many areas of your life...
#1 Repeat the process
Repetition of an activity builds habits. That is according to The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. He explains that habits are formed by a three step process: First, a cue, a trigger that tells your brain to go into automatic mode and which habit to use. Then routine, the behavior itself, which can be physical or mental or emotional. Finally, a reward for carrying out the behavior that provides motivation to do it again.
#2 Environmental cue automatically leads to a behavioral routine that results in a reward
Psychologists have long since proven that people are creatures of habit. They're also creatures of cues. This is a cognitive learning theory that's based on the association which occurs between two things: a situation and a response or behavior. The idea being that in order to perform an action reliably, people must learn its situational cues and behaviors through repetition. This environmental cue triggers a behavioral routine that has been rewarded in the past and will be rewarded in the future. In other words, it's the kind of environment you want to keep in place to motivate yourself to stick with your goals.
If you would like to learn more about habits and ways to get yourself to do things for yourself In a positive manner for a longer period of time, we advise you to read The Power of Habit.