Learn how to change habits from Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of The Power of Habit.
Could a three minute video change your life?
Well, no. At least, probably not.
Learning how to manipulate habits, though, can. In this video Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit, explains how he analyzed his habits like a scientist, then manipulated them to lose 12 lbs.
It packs a lot of his NYT Bestselling book into 3 minutes. Take a look.
How to change habits
Cue, routine, reward. Simple huh?
In reality, we all have habits we know we should change and – if you’re anything like me – you know how difficult it can be to change them.
We at Pillrs really like Charles and his methods, they’re the basis for a key idea of ours:
“Could we create habits that help fight addictions?”
Pillrs is primarily about social support but sometimes addicts need help overcoming faulty brain wiring.
So if we as addicts can identify a cue related to the addiction, create a new routine, and give a similar reward, we just might be able to train ourselves to reach out for help even while the addictive urges are fighting to take over.
Our one complaint about this method is that it’s been shown that major life events (death of a family member, for example) can cause relapse back to prior habits and routines. In fact, in his book Duhigg himself cites a study to this end with the result being that belief in a higher power, purpose, or something greater than oneself was the difference in alcoholics relapsing VS staying dry when experiencing major life events.
So creating new habits isn’t a panacea for overcoming addictions, compulsions, or breaking bad habits, but it’s a heck of a start on the road to recovery.
What did you like most about the video? Feel free to share in the comments section.
Credit to Charles Duhigg for the featured image and his great work. We’ll be featuring him again – stay tuned.