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The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg

I am trying out something new by recording a podcast to discuss issues relating to Vital Sustenance this week. This audio lecture discusses the Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.

It does have some general information, but it may only be particularly interesting to you if you are having trouble making a habit exercising or want to quit a habit like smoking.

Apologies about the relatively raucous and shrill music in the background. I recorded the audio without testing the levels, and we are stuck with it I am afraid!! I hope you can learn to ‘not pay attention to it’ like trains going past the front of your house!

Illustration of the habit loop

the power of habit - illustration of the habit loop

Recording this podcast made me realise a few things:

1. Some habits are easier to MAKE than others. You probably find this in your own life. There may be lots of things that you do habitually, that you don’t even think about? Healthy nutrition is one of those habits for me. Also, my unwanted psychological habit of a blog connection is a habit that has formed quite effectively over time.

2. You can break other habits with the same strategies as mentioned in the podcast, but I think that you would benefit from reading the book. The book is called The Power of Habit and it is written by Charles Duhigg.

the power of habit by charles duhigg - what I learnt from this book

The Power of Habit has capacity to do great things

This book provides a lot of very interesting examples about how habits can transform people’s lives. It is not such a manual about how to change habits in yourself, although there are definitely some helpful tips. It is more a theoretical examination of examples where the formation and breaking of habits has helped teams, organisations and individuals succeed.

Would love to hear your thoughts! Do you find it easier to make a habit or to break a habit? What have been the most rewarding habits that you have broken or created in your life?

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