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How To Change Bad Habits Through The Power Of Habit

Updated on October 26, 2014

The Power of Habit, By: Charles Duhigg

The Power Of Habit -Charles Duhigg an Award winning New York Times business reporter writes The Power of Habit Why We Do What We Do In Life And Business.

Changing an unwanted habit that has been with you for any length of time can be one of the most difficult challenges you will encounter. We don't always know why we continue to do the things we do not wish to do, only that we do them. If you are plagued by how your mind is programmed and why your'e having difficulty changing your ways... you may find some enlightenment in this book (by: Charles Duhigg) on the subject of Habits.

Duhigg uses his background as an investigative reporter to identify why we do the things we do, apparently even when we don't care to do them. Duhigg explains the "Golden Rule of Habit Change" and with that gives us the basis for changing even deep rooted habits.

Touching on such topics as "The Habit Loop", "The Craving Brain", and "The Golden Rule of Change". Duhigg has opened a new window in to the secrets of habit changing. Duhigg covers how individual habits can be altered, as well as methods that have been used by some of the nations largest corporations to impact positive cultural shifts.

From The Book: A young woman walks into a laboratory. Over the past two years, she has transformed almost every aspect of her life. She has quit smoking, run a marathon, and been promoted at work. The patterns inside her brain, neurologists discover, have fundamentally changed.

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If you Could Change And Wake Up Different Tomorrow; Knowing You Would Never Enjoy Your Habit Again. Would You Push A Button Right Now To Make It So?

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Duhigg's Interview With NPR

Hosted By: Renee Montagne - "Morning Edition"

My interest was piqued when I caught this seven and a half minute "NPR" interview by Renee Montagne; The Host of "Morning Edition"

Montagne's Introduction from the NPR transcripts of his interview with Charles Duhigg about his new Book The Power of Habit:

---In his new book, "The Power of Habit," New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg explores the science behind forming and changing habits and how that knowledge has been successfully employed in business, beginning with a rather basic set of behaviors, what he calls the habit loop.---

Listen to the NPR broadcast here

Read the NPR transcript here

The Power of Habit

Find the Key to Change

In the prologue you'll read about how Lisa Allen a 34 year old with a history of destructive habits, manages to give up smoking, over eating and drinking, while going on to run a marathon?

Overcoming depression and feelings of shame and anger after she found out her husband was leaving her for another woman, Lisa finds the key to changing these destructive habits she had begun at age 16.

After reading Duhiggs book The Power of Habit Why We Do What We Do In Life And Business. you'll be empowered with the information needed to execute change in your life.

Romans 7:15

"I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do."

Have You Read The Power OF Habit, By: Charles Duhigg?

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      William Leverne Smith 

      6 years ago from Hollister, MO

      No. Thanks for bringing it to our attention! ;-)

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      6 years ago

      I think I must make time to read this as I am recognizing what I do by habit -- Squidoo! It's been ingrained in us for over 6 years.

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      Cathy Slaght 

      6 years ago from St. Petersburg, Fl

      haven't read this one- will be back to purchase it as soon as I get some others finished- i have a bad habit of being a book spendthrift! meanwhile, it does seem we're programmed much like computers, and it is a matter of changing that programming if we want to kick a habit- biofeedback is another approach that can help-

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      Bob Zau 

      6 years ago

      For me, this was an interesting read. Have you read the book or can you offer any other suggestions for attaining positive change in your life?


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