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Reading "The Power of Habit"

I’ve picked up a new book last week that I am excited about.

"The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg.

It piqued my interest because it seems to go deeper into the habit mechanics that I have been exploring since last summer. James Clear has referenced this book several times in his work and speaks highly on the influence it had on him which prompted me to get my hands around it.

I jumped in with an open mind, curious to learn what else is interesting about human habits.

The book delivers right away. I am 90 pages in and it definitely feels like a prequel to James Clear’s Atomic Habits.

The author shares some mind-blowing real life examples of people and teams that have changed habits and went to achieve substantial things in their lives. Consider an example: Tony Dungy. I learned a lot about this NFL coach than any other in my limited NFL knowledge.

The book takes you deep into the mindset of winning coaches and how simple repeatable habits have helped them transform their teams and even win a Superbowl.

The thing that stuck with me most was how big of a role belief plays in changing habits. I’ve experienced this several times in my own life and written about it too.

For habits to permanently change, the author concludes that people must believe that change is possible. Alcoholic Anonymous, the powerful organization that has changed the lives of several alcoholics through their 12 step program is centered around God. The core belief is that there is a higher spiritual power (in this case God) who gives you the strength to persevere in testing times. This keeps the people away from resorting to old routines in the state of distress. But this belief doesn’t have to be just God. It can be anything that anchors your mind. It is belief and conviction in the new routines that will save people from resorting to older (bad) habits.

Remember to find and keep that anchor close to your heart. Because you will need it. Life will test you. Life will find a way to knock you out and you’ll need good habits (powered by a strong core belief) to get back up.