“All of our life, so far as it has definite form, is but a mass of habits.”
William James, 1892
In his book, The Power of Habit, Why We Do What We Do In Life and in Business, Charles Duhigg has successfully decoded the science behind the habits that all of us so defiantly deny and defend. A relatively new area of study, the formation of habitual behaviors is really in its infancy. Yet much of the data collected profoundly opens the door to new ways of explaining human behavior.
Written in three sections the book presents:
- The Habits of Individuals
- The Habits of Successful Organizations
- The Habits of Societies
As the saying goes, “knowledge is power” and that applies to human behavior as well. Thankfully, the evidence now disproves a commonly accepted belief that human behavior is really beyond our control and therefore people can’t change.
Charles outlines each of these three categories using scientific explanations of data collected from human experience. Expert story-telling is supported by scientific data; enough to incite a paradigm shift in the way we view human behavior on a personal, professional and cultural level.
This is a book I have thoroughly enjoyed reading. It has changed the way I feel about myself and the world around me. A breath of fresh air, if you ask me. Power to the people! Yes, you can change your beliefs, patterns and habitual behaviors. Not with a Band-Aid, mind you. But with intention, practice, patience and time. Thankfully, we are not destined to life restricted by the random beliefs we have picked up along life’s journey.
Reviewer Recommendation: Definitely a mind expanding, enjoyable read.