Best Quotes from the Book Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

quotes power of habit by charles duhigg

Power of Habit is one of those books which opened my eye. This book is a life-changing guide written by Charles Duhigg. The reason why this book is so important is that most of the work we do in our daily life is based on habit. There are tons of powerful quotes in this book. I have picked some of them, there are more quotes in the book. I give this book a rating of 4.2 / 5.

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Best Quotes to Cheer You Up

“Habits, scientists say, emerge because the brain is constantly looking for ways to save effort.”
“This process [Habit] within our brains is a three-step loop. First, there is a cue, a trigger that tells your brain to go into automatic mode and which habit to use. Then there is the routine, which can be physical or mental or emotional. Finally, there is a reward, which helps your brain figure out if this particular loop is worth remembering for the future.”
“When a habit emerges, the brain stops fully participating in decision making. It stops working so hard, or diverts focus to other tasks. So unless you deliberately fight a habit—unless you find new routines—the pattern will unfold automatically.”
“Habits never really disappear.”
“The problem is that your brain can’t tell the difference between bad and good habits, and so if you have a bad one, it’s always lurking there, waiting for the right cues and rewards.”
“It’s possible to learn and make unconscious choices without remembering anything about the lesson or decision making.”
“Habits are delicate. Even small shifts can end the pattern. But since we often don’t recognize these habit loops as they grow, we are blind to our ability to control them. By learning to observe the cues and rewards, though, we can change the routines.”
“Craving is what makes cues and rewards work. That craving is what powers the habit loop.”
“Particularly strong habits produce addiction-like reactions so that “wanting evolves into obsessive craving” that can force our brains into autopilot, “even in the face of strong disincentives, including loss of reputation, job, home, and family.”
“Cravings are what drive habits. And figuring out how to spark a craving makes creating a new habit easier.”
“The Golden Rule of habit change. Inserting a new routine into life. You Can’t Extinguish a Bad Habit, You Can Only Change It. HOW IT WORKS: USE THE SAME CUE. PROVIDE THE SAME REWARD. CHANGE THE ROUTINE.”
“It wasn’t God that mattered, the researchers figured out. It was belief itself that made a difference. Once people learned how to believe in something, that skill started spilling over to other parts of their lives, until they started believing they could change. Belief was the ingredient that made a reworked habit loop into a permanent behavior.”
“There’s something really powerful about groups and shared experiences. People might be skeptical about their ability to change if they’re by themselves, but a group will convince them to suspend disbelief. A community creates belief.”
“In a 1994 Harvard study that examined people who had radically changed their lives, for instance, researchers found that some people had remade their habits after a personal tragedy, such as a divorce or a life-threatening illness. Others changed after they saw a friend go through something awful.”
“Genuine (habit) change requires work and self-understanding of the cravings driving behaviors. Changing any habit requires determination. No one will quit smoking cigarettes simply because they sketch a habit loop.”
“Much of the time, those changes are accomplished because people examine the cues, cravings, and rewards that drive their behaviors and then find ways to replace their self-destructive routines with healthier alternatives.”
“Understanding the cues and cravings driving your habits won’t make them suddenly disappear—but it will give you a way to plan how to change the pattern.”
“O’Neill believed that some habits have the power to start a chain reaction, changing other habits as they move through an organization. Some habits, in other words, matter more than others in remaking businesses and lives. These are “keystone habits,” and they can influence how people work, eat, play, live, spend, and communicate. Keystone habits start a process that, over time, transforms everything.”
“But for many people, exercise is a keystone habit that triggers widespread change. “Exercise spills over,” said James Prochaska, a University of Rhode Island researcher. “There’s something about it that makes other good habits easier.”
“Small wins are a steady application of a small advantage,” one Cornell professor wrote in 1984. “Once a small win has been accomplished, forces are set in motion that favor another small win.”
“These institutions have found that reform is usually possible only once a sense of crisis takes hold.”
“‘Consumers sometimes act like creatures of habit, automatically repeating past behavior with little regard to current goals,’ two psychologists at the University of Southern California wrote in 2009.”