I recently finished reading The Power of Habit:  Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg and found it quite interesting and best of all, motivating.  Duhigg shares research and stories to support his theory that bad habits can be stopped and good habits can be started with just a few insights.

I have always struggles with the curse of having big ideas, but not necessarily the motivation to stick with the change needed to implement and follow through.  The concepts in The Power of Habit simplify the process of creating habits to accomplish just about anything in your personal or business life.

Favorite Quotes:

“As people strengthened their willpower muscles in one part of their lives– in the gym, or a money management program–that strength spilled over into what they ate or how hard they worked. Once willpower became stronger, it touched everything.”

“Self-discipline predicted academic performance more robustly than did IQ. Self-discipline also predicted which students would improve their grades over the course of the school year, whereas IQ did not.… Self-discipline has a bigger effect on academic performance than does intellectual talent.”

My takeaway:

My favorite part was when he identified the steps to creating a habit.  So simple!  

  1. Create a trigger
  2.  The action of the habit
  3.  The reward