Does your hand automatically reach for your phone on your bedside as soon as you wake up? Do you think about how to create a knot while tying your shoelaces or has it become such a natural process that you don’t even think about its steps These actions have become unconscious sequences that we do not perform deliberately; or to put a label on them: habits. You know what you’re doing, but you do not consciously choose to initiate the action. A habit happens actually half of the time you are awake, while you are performing automatic behaviors.
Today’s book summary is on “The Power of Habit“, where Charles Duhigg explores the human brain’s nature to form habits out of daily actions to make room for more complicated processes; and examines how they are created and how they can be changed. The book is divided into 3 parts: Habits of Individuals, Habits of Successful Organizations, and Habits of Societies.
To make things more efficient for you, we’ve read the book and provided you with its summary in 10 points:
Habits of individuals
Habits of successful organizations
Habits of societies
- They begin because of the strong habits between close acquaintances.
- They grow because of the strong habits in a community.
- They endure because of the new habits that leaders create.
The boycott movement that happened in Alabama did not come out of the blue, but it was a result of certain habits performed by people over the course of time. The book discussed several incidents when the habits of societies were the reason for the change.
Are we responsible for our habits?
As a first step in trying to create and maintain positive habits, we’re providing you with the habit tracker. Take some time to think about keystone habits that could give your life the productive turn it needs, write them down and start tracking your commitment to them.