Monday, August 18, 2014

Book Review: "The Power of Habit"

     The Power of Habit
     Charles Duhigg

Because Kevin read The Power of Habit and kept talking about how much he liked it, I decided to give it a try.  It’s a life-changing book!  Though it’s both educational and informative, it’s written in a simple, congenial manner and points out that many of our activities (approximately 40%) are habits, rather than conscious decisions. 

The Power of Habit first discusses how habits are formed and then teaches the reader how to change them.   It also describes “keystone habits,” which are patterns that, if altered, promote change in other areas of one’s life.  The next sections delve into the habits of successful organizations, like Starbucks, and the habits of societies.

Though I believe in free will and the importance of taking responsibility for one’s actions, The Power of Habit shows how easy it is to fall into self-defeating patterns.  However, it then teaches us how to flex our will-power muscles and change our lives for the better.  The Power of Habit is a must-read!

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