The Equation of Habits (Part II)

May 8, 2018

“40% of the actions people perform each day aren’t actual decisions, but habits”
-Charles Duhigg “The Power of Habit”
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

 

Habit: a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up. I never knew that in the definition of habit, the last part of “especially one that is hard to give up” existed, but it makes senseEver hear part of a song in your head or somewhere else and have to finish it? (For reference, if you've even been in a bar when "Sweet Caroline" plays, this is a Habit Loop in Full Force;) 

 

The great news with Habits, is that your brain doesn’t recognize what is actually “good” and what is actually “bad”. For example, if you want to start waking up earlier every morning, your brain might try and trick you and tell you this is “bad”, because it feels bad, but we all know that’s just temporary. Our brain was designed to save energy rather than be right. So it hates working harder than it did before. And that is exactly what's go