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Have you ever caved and dated that person you said you were never going to date again?
Have you continuously cheated on your diet even when you promised yourself you weren't going to?
Do you continuously procrastinate your work because you know you'll get it done in the end?
That's because it's a habit and it's something we all do.
Humans are creatures of habit. Habits make us feel comfortable and familiar. We do them because we already know the outcome. However, habits are not bad all of the time. Once we learn to distinguish the good from the bad, we can start to use habits to our advantage.
"The Golden Rule of Habit Change: You can't extinguish a bad habit, you can only change it." - Charles Duhigg
In, "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg, he discusses how habits actually work so you can...
Habits are present in our everyday lives, and we must learn to understand them to use them to our advantage. We must be able to determine good habits from bad habits. And, if a habit is bad, we must substitute its presence.
All habits are formed by an external cue, in which a routine follows, to finally land at the reward of the habit loop. When people, like businesses, start understanding that, they will begin to become more successful and productive in their everyday lives.
Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer-prize winning American journalist and non-fiction author. He worked as a reporter for the New York Times. He is the author of two books on habits and productivity, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business and Smarter Faster Better. He graduated from Yale University and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. The Power of Habit has been on the New York Times Bestseller list for over 3 years.
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