I’m reading a book, “The Power of Habits” by Charles Duhigg, that was a special “pre-release” to the attendees of Science Online 2012 .
The interesting thing about habits is that they are unchangeable for most of us. I have many many habits, and over the years I’ve lost some destructive ones with some simple techniques, and I’ve ADDED some fantastic new ones. These changes were difficult, and required a lot of trial and error on my part.
In Charles Duhigg’s book, he distills down my trial and errors to very a very simple equation Trigger/cu3–> Perform Habit –> Reap Reward.
A powerful and often reliable habit changer: Alcoholics Anonymous plus a couple of other stories. Belief and community help people to make powerful changes in their lives.
The most interesting thing I’m finding as I read this book is that lasting change happens for people when they believe in something bigger than themselves. Duhigg points to a couple of great examples…one of which is people who’ve successfully quit drinking thanks to Alcoholics Anonymous. In these people a combination of community and belief come thru for them and replace their habit of drinking alcohol to alleviate their stress/pain/ suffering.