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The Power of Habit | Winston’s Words of Wisdom

Well, looks like there is finally light at the end of the tunnel now with a vaccine on the way for Covid. I must admit I have mixed feelings about that. On the one hand, I will be sad when life goes back to ‘normal’ as I like everyone being home all the time and the extra walks/runs I am getting. On the other, that means trips back to Richard’s office are back on, which means I may finally resolve that ‘issue’ with the French Bulldog across the way…

The Power of Habit

Either way, things will be changing, which can be unsettling, but that brings me nicely onto the book I have been reading this week – The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.

In this book Charles explores in great detail why we do what we do, and how to change! The latter being the most revealing of all. It does amuse me that companies spend millions of pounds on consultants to tell them how to change, only for a lovely big document to sit in a draw and collect dust (or whatever a modern digital version of that would be…).

Why is change so hard and unsettling? Well, reading this book will go a long way to explain why that happens as creating positive habit loops is the key. We’ve all had times in our life when we are doing things we don’t really want to be doing but feel almost compelled to do so. Maybe its shopping, drinking or eating (or anything else for that matter you are doing but not enjoying), but if you want to change what you are doing into something more positive, this is a great place to start. That said, I will happily sit down, raise my paw for a treat so what do I know… or is that really it in a nutshell – cue, routine, reward? Just maybe.

Happy reading and keep safe.

 

An extract from Goodreads:

In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distil vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.

Read Winston’s other recommendations;

Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler & Jamie Wheal

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Mastery by Robert Greene

The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Principles by Ray Dalio

Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph

Legacy by James Kerr

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S Clason

Mindset by Dr Carol Dweck

Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

Unshakeable by Tony Robbins

The Madness of Crowds by Douglas Murray

The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel


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