The Power of Habit

Like many of you, I don’t have the time to read as many books as I’d like, so I turn to audiobooks to catch up on my reading and learn new things.

Right now, I am listening to The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg.

This book has so many applications it would be difficult to list them all, but I highly recommend reading it in order to increase effectiveness at work and at home.

For example, Duhigg writes about “keystone habits”, habits that can change the course of a life or a business. Here’s a great example. Dieters who follow the simple habit of keeping a food log lose fifty percent more weight than people who don’t. A food log. That’s it. Duhigg explains the power of a keystone habit and the idea of small wins. These key habit changes can multiply and expand across all areas of your life or business without a lot of effort.

A food log. That’s it. Duhigg explains the power of a keystone habit and the idea of small wins. These key habit changes can multiply and expand across all areas of your life or business without a lot of effort.

That’s it. It turns out that the simple act of recording what you eat helps develop better eating habits which then helps people lose weight. Keep in mind that the new habit wasn’t diet or exercise, it was simply writing down everything you eat in a given day. That keystone habit had a domino effect on other areas of a person’s life.

Duhigg explains the power of a keystone habit and the idea of small wins. These key habit changes can multiply and expand across all areas of your life or business without a lot of effort.

That’s it. It turns out that this simple habit has a domino effect on other habits, such as eating better throughout the day, adding in more exercise and planning better meals based on past food journal entries.

Duhigg explains the power of a keystone habit and the idea of small wins. These key habit changes can multiply and expand across all areas of your life or business without a lot of effort.

Seth Godin writes about the habit of daily blogging, a habit that could be a keystone habit for any business. I agree and it is something I encourage my clients to do. Just that daily act of thinking about meaningful content that you’d like to share with your readers helps you absorb big ideas as you go about your day–life changing.

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