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This book summary and analysis was created for individuals who want to extract the essential contents and are too busy to go through the full version. This book is not intended to replace the original book. Instead, we highly encourage you to buy the full version. The award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg presents us The Power of Habit where he gives us a tour through the scientific discoveries explaining why habits exist and how they can be changed. Giving us stories from the boardrooms of Proctor & Gamble to the sidelines of NFL to the civil rights movement, we are given a whole new understanding of how habits affect human nature. The Power of Habit shows us that understanding how habits work will give us the key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive at work, and achieving success. By harnessing this new science, we can transform the way we live and the way we do our businesses. Wait no more, take action and get this book now!
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Summarized For Busy People
Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business
Based on the Book by Charles Duhigg
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THE POWER OF HABIT
ABOUT THIS BOOK SUMMARY
PART ONE – THE HABITS OF INDIVIDUALS
Chapter 1: The Habit Loop – How Habits Work
Chapter 2: The Craving Brain – How to Create New Habits
Chapter 3: The Golden Rule of Habit Change – Why Transformation Occurs
PART TWO – THE HABITS OF SUCCESSFUL ORGANIZATIONS
Chapter 4: Keystone Habits – Which Habits Matter Most
Chapter 5: The Habit of Success – When Willpower Becomes Automatic
Chapter 6: The Power of Crisis – Creating Habits through Accident and Design
Chapter 7: When Companies Predict and Manipulate Habits
PART THREE – THE HABITS OF SOCIETIES
Chapter 8: How Movements Happen
Chapter 9: The Neurology of Free Will – Are We Responsible for Our Habits?
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Charles Duhigg, the author of the award-winning New York Times bestseller The Power of Habit, is a business reporter who shows detailed explanations of why habits exist and how they can be changed. Scientific discoveries support his explanations and the book looks into human nature in an attempt to understand it and to show how it can be the deciding factor in transforming people’s lives.
The Power of Habit shows why people and companies have a difficult time changing despite years of attempts and it shows why others can transform overnight. Duhigg lets the readers explore various scientific laboratories in interviewing neuroscientists to understand the science behind habits from a neurological perspective.
Duhigg shows examples of people who were able to find their way through managing habits from the Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. He also shows stories from companies like Proctor & Gamble, Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church, Target Superstores, and some of the biggest hospitals in the U.S. These examples show “keystone habits” which would be the deciding factor between one’s failure and success.
There are also certain elements of our daily lives where habits can reside from daily exercises, raising children, building great companies, losing weight, productivity, and understanding social movements which are all important factors in achieving success.
Charles Duhigg says that habits are not destiny but they are something that we all need to practice and harness into the different aspects of our lives—which, when done correctly, can change the course of our lives.
This book summary serves as a guide to Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit. No text of the actual book is included, so if you prefer, you may purchase a copy before you proceed.
This guide includes a summary of what habits are, how they are created, and why they’re important aspects of human nature. It shows how understanding is crucial to how we live especially in changing our habits.
The Keystone Habit: People focus on one pattern which is part of how to reprogram people’s routines.
In the towns in Iraq, there are habits that have dominated when violence was rampant in riots. Started by a large crowd of people who gather in an open area and this group would grow as more people continue coming. Food vendors would then place their stalls nearby in order to provide their products to the people in the crowd. And when someone throws a rock into the crowd, the chaos would begin to ensue.
This had been something that the police observed to happen which is why they began to prohibit food vendors from entering places where there would most likely be protests. The crowds would grow, naturally, but they would eventually begin to feel hungry so then they would start to feel dispirited and, by 9pm, everyone would have left.
When it comes to practice, our brains were created to go through a structured process which is a three-step loop. Cue becomes the mental trigger to which the brain will create a habit in order for the automatic mode to take over. The second step would be the routine and this is something that could be physical, emotional, or mental. The third and final step would be the reward, this is what the brain does in order to establish whether or not the habit or loop is worth retaining. This loop, easily said, is a cue-routine-reward process.
When this habit is maintained, the brain will make it more of something that one does without having to think. Having a habit does prevent the brain from actively participating in decision-making. Deliberately fighting a habit would be important in disrupting a pattern but habits can never be truly destroyed, only suppressed.
In order to create new neurological routines, we can suppress habits and force them into the background. Just as with any habit, a new pattern can be made automatic. You can think about McDonald’s and Kids as a great example where innocent habits like stopping by McDonald’s to buy some fast food can become a habit; doing this once a month can turn into once a week then twice a week. Habits develop without our conscious permission, that’s why it’s important to be careful.
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