The Power of Habit - Top 30 nuggets

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All our life, so far as it has definite form, is but a mass of habits. William James2

Habits can be changed, if we understand how they work.3

You want to make running easy? Create triggers to make it a routine.4

There's nothing you can't do if you get the habits right.5

Transforming a habit isn't necessarily easy or quick. It isn't always simple. But it is possible.6

Habits, scientists say, emerge because the brain is constantly looking for ways to save effort.7

Left to its own devices, the brain will try to make almost any routine into a habit.8

Habits aren't destiny.9

Without habit loops, our brains would shut down, overwhelmed by the minutiae of daily life.10

Habits are often as much a curse as a benefit.11

The brain has this amazing ability to find happiness even when the memories of it are gone.12

First, find a simple and obvious cue. Second, clearly define the rewards13

This explains why habits are so powerful: They create neurological cravings.14

Almost any behavior can be transformed if the cue and reward stay the same.15

How it works: use the same cue, provide the same reward, change the routine.16

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The truth is, the brain can be reprogrammed. You just have to be deliberate about it.18

If you identify the cues and rewards, you can change the routine.19

Belief is easier when it occurs within a community.20

Routines are the organizational analogue of habits.21

Habits are not as simple as they appear.22

Habits, even once they are rooted in our minds, aren't destiny.23

We can choose our habits, once we know how.24

Every habit, no matter its complexity, is malleable.25

If you believe you can change, if you make it a habit, the change becomes real.26

Your habits are what you choose them to be.27

The problem is that there isn't one formula for changing habits. There are thousands.28

Each person's habits are driven by different cravings.29

To understand your own habits, you need to identify the components of your loops.30

Rewards are powerful because they satisfy cravings.31

We're often not conscious of the cravings that drive our behaviors.32

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