I recently read a book I’ve been meaning to for a long time: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. If you haven’t already read this book, it’s an absorbing exploration of the science behind the habits that shape our individual lives, our companies, and our societies. The best part about it is, it’s written as a series of anecdotes about individuals, sports teams, companies, and groups that have changed their habits to improve their performance. Each section and chapter is engaging and readable, and builds on what came before it to craft a detailed picture of how habits work and how they can be changed. It explores neuroscience, psychology, belief, economics, and more, and it left me feeling like I had a good grasp on how habits work and how I could change mine.
Because we’re approaching a new year, you may be thinking about how you want to change your life and what you’d like to do better. My personal recommendation is that the first thing you do on that journey is read a book about habits and how they can change. If you’d like something more recent than The Power of Habit (published 2012), check out any of the great titles listed below.
Tiny Habits by B.J. Fogg recommends you start small to make changes.
Habit Swap by Hugh G. Byrne focuses on mindfulness and self-control.
Good Habits, Bad Habits by Wendy Wood draws on scientific research.
Healthy Habits Suck by Danya Lee-Bagley is a realistic guide to motivation.
Atomic Habits by James Clear highlights small behaviors that drive change.
Stick With It by Sean Young highlights how lasting change is made.