Book Review: The Power of Habit

When we think about what we want to change about ourselves, we’re often too results-oriented. We visualize being thinner, more patient, kinder, and so on. How wonderful would the world be if we just snapped our fingers and transformed into our desired, more benevolent selves overnight?  Or even when we do devote the time to work on ourselves and achieve those goals, we push our minds and bodies to achieve and evolve, and in the process, we frequently neglect something truly important: our deeply rooted habits.

In The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg traces the ways in which habit is tied into our sense of self, a deeper aspect of our core identity. Before big outward changes manifest, we need to tackle the comfortable – and sometimes less-than-beneficial – habits we’ve established over the years.   

Duhigg thoughtfully addresses the reasons why habits exist (to help establish our routines, moral centers, and more) and provides scientific studies and research that suggest ways in which habits can be altered or changed productively.  

So as you try to transform yourself – personally or professionally – take a look at how our habits have shackled us by becoming hard-wired in our brains. Because it is only after we are able to examine our patterns of behavior in a more critical and questioning light that we can truly utilize the power of free will and innovative thinking – for real change.