The Power of Habit

by Greg Branecky
I finally found a great book after having been on a bad book streak: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.

Change a Habit in Three Steps with This Flowchart

Habit Loop

Breaking a bad habit or developing a good one might be hard work, but it’s not impossible. In fact, once you know the main structure of habits, you can develop a plan to change them. This flowchart from The Power of Habit author Charles Duhigg guides you through the three steps of breaking the habit loop.

This is a universal approach to any habit you want to replace, since habits all share basic characteristics: a cue or trigger and a reward that perpetuates the routine. To change the habit, the flowchart helps you think through what you’re feeling and thinking during each stage of the habit, then substitute the old reward and old routine with new ones. It’s a great visual tool to help you practice until you have your new habit loop established.

Here’s the full flowchart. Click to expand or right-click to save to disk.

How to Change A Habit

The Keystone Habits

The answer came when I was introduced to a concept called ‘keystone habits.’ Some habits, say researchers, are more important than others because they have the power to start a chain reaction, shifting other patterns as they move through our lives. Keystone habits influence how we work, eat, play, live, spend, and communicate. Keystone habits start a process that, over time, transforms everything.

This is the answer of where to start: focus on keystone habits, those patterns that, when they start to shift, dislodge and remake other habits.

Identifying keystone habits, however, is tricky. To find them, you have to know where to look. There are three basic characteristics that keystone habits all share, and if you look for these characteristics, you can figure out which parts of your life can become leverage points for success.

  • Characteristic One: The Science of Small Wins
  • Characteristic Two: Create New Platforms
  • Characteristic Three: Establish a Culture Where Excellence Is Contagious

Excerpts from Lifehacker

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