I hope everyone had a great weekend and you are all recharged to take on a new week! I can’t believe its the last quarter 2016, this year went by so fast! I recently finished this book called “The Power of Habits, Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business” by Charlies Dubigg and there were a couple of things I took from reading this book that I wanted to share with you all. As you all probably know, habits are actions that people first decide to do deliberately and keep doing subconsciously. In order to achieve success in our lives, we must create good habits and become consistent in everything we do, making progress each day in and out. Having good habits, I think are the difference from the most successful people in the world versus the ones that just dream about their goals but don’t take any action to make it all happen.
Another key takeaway are people can change their habits if they learn how their habits operate and there are three stages to a habit loop which are a “cue” propels a person into a “routine” to reach the goal of a “reward” Anyone that wants to change their happens must understand how their habits fit these habit loop stages that can help change their habits. Changing habits take time and a strategy, but it’s doable, it’s definitely a huge key to success. The fact that correcting habits is definitely hard and it’s because they fulfill cravings that demand satisfaction. But with anything in life, you can learn not to respond to a habit’s cue and rewards with the same routine. For example, the major key to the success of Starbucks is their training program for employees in their stores and creating habits for a great customer service experience with their guests. Their focus on this training is what propelled Starbucks into the company they are today. Changing and getting rid of our habits requires getting out of our comfort zone, and everyone knows that staying in our comfort zone does not get us anywhere. I believe creating good habits will have also have a direct impact on our overall happiness as well.
Habits impact all our lives, but once you understand how they’re triggered, and how they can be changed, we can create good habits. Bad habits are just not good for us, and they hold us down in our journey to success, creating good habits a key to being successful in life. I hope you all enjoyed this post and I hope this post made you think about some habits you have and hopefully you’ll take the necessary steps to make your bad habit a positive one! Strive on and have a good week!!
This post was written by David Chau. David is a musician, leader, marketer, and passion chaser. He’s a tenacious young business professional that enjoys helping people in any way he can. You can connect with David on Twitter @davidbchau or on Linkedin.