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June 28, 2012

The Power of Habit : PART TWO

Filed under: Food for thought for friends — Alec @ 8:12 pm

I love this book. Charles Duhigg really captures a lot of interesting concepts. This book helped me recognize why I love Subway – because if I eat a healthy Subway sandwich then I believe I can reward myself with three cookies. I understand, but I have not stopped eating at Subway. I have compiled and summarized a few points below that I think are worth calling attention to:

Pg 69 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a giant habit changing machine;  it helps you identify cues, rewards and create a new routine.

Pg 84 Why does AA work? Belief in better days; Group influence.

Pg 85 Habits work until you are under a lot of stress;  ie. this is when recovering alcoholics may face failure in AA.

Pg 86 Tony Dungy (former coach of the Indianapolis Colts) :: When things get really tough, we revert back to old habits.

Pg 99 Habits of Excellence in Safety help Alcoa change their total performance. Keystone habits: Change one, other habits will change more easily.

Pg 135 Why doesn’t will power remain constant? Why do some people have more?

Pg 137 You only have so much will power,  so use it wisely!

Pg 139 Good news! You can exercise and strengthen your will power.

pg 140 The rigor and discipline of sports carries over into daily life.

pg 142 The probability you will change is much higher if you write the detailed plan prior. It is thought that hospital patients that designed their own will power habits prior, had a lot higher tolerance to pain.

pg 149 Create will power habits.

pg 150 Cookie Will Power : Those treated kindly focused better and had more will power. If people feel they are helping someone else, they had more will power. Those given a direct order, had less will power. Habits are will power.

The Power of Habit: PART ONE

Filed under: Food for thought for friends — Alec @ 11:16 am

I just finished reading this book a few weeks ago, Why we do what we do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg, and as I have usually do I made a plethora of notes to share with you.

This an outstanding book for anyone, I highly recommend reading it. He makes great points about everyday things and situations we can all relate to.

What does Martin Luther King and Starbucks have in common?  What do Tony Dungy, Pepsodent, Febreze, and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) have in common? They all believed and understood the power of changing habits. “They Achieved success by focusing on the patterns that shape every aspect of our lives.”

“Maybe 99% of what we do is a habit.” William James, pioneering American psychologist and philosopher believed we are creatures of habit,   only about 1% of what we do is conscious.

Statements that stand out to me:


“There is nothing you can’t do if you get the habits right.” (Duhig xx)

“Replace one habit with another. You won’t change a habit until the need is great, but changing one habit may change your life.” (Duhig xiv)

“Our life is a mass of habits,  habits are not thougths,  they are mindless acts.” (Duhig xv)

“Habits can be change if we understand how they work” (Duhig xvii)

Pages to take note of:

“As we learn a new habit we think less and less about how good or bad the habit is” (Duhig 15)

“Habits emerge because the brain is looking for a way to save energy, habits are made up of chunks” (Duhig 17)

“Habits are cues, go to auto habit, auto action, and get the reward” (Duhig 19)

“When a habit emerges, the brain stops fully participating in the decision making. Your brain can’t differentiate between good and bad habits.” (Duhig 20)

“We don’t remember details of what we do within the habits, habits can be very simple or very detailed” (Duhig 25)

“Once a habit, mice will experience and accept pain just to get the reward,  ie fast food” (Duhig 26)

“Habits emerge without our permission” (Duhig 26)

“Advertising is all about creating habits” (Duhig 32)

“Pepsodent created a habit by getting you to feel the film on your teeth and suggesting it was bad” (Duhig 33)

“Find a simple and obvious cue for your habit, then clearly define the reward.” (Duhig 36)

“Cultivate our cravings. Cultivate those good habits” (Duhig 49)

“Wanting can evolve into an obsession” (Duhig 50)

Pg 53 Febreze: Changed their success by marketing its product as the final touch, a reward for a job well done, the last thing you do when you clean the room is to spray with Febreze and add a scent.

Pg 59 Cravings are what drives the habit. For example, I personally have a chocolate obsession. For me figuring out what drives my cravings makes creating a new habit easier.



June 1, 2012

Why do YOU do what you do?

Filed under: Food for thought for friends,Sales — Alec @ 5:10 pm

My grandfather, Gordon Frost, used to say that we could do anything and accomplish anything we really wanted to do. He also said that we had all the time we wanted to do the things we really wanted to do. So inspiring! What he did not explain was the “”really wanted to do” part. Figuring out what we want to do and why we do it is half the battle. Big dreams often require a willingness to adapt and change and that is other half of the battle.

CLICK HERE to check out a short video of Simon Sinek and how effective leaders can inspire change.

Ask yourself, “Why do I do what I do?” Dare to dream! McPherson Lean Partners is here to help you dream successfully.

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