The power of habit is written by Charles duhigg. The book was published on 28th February 2012. The genre of the book is self-help. He as a reporter for a decade has written series such as “The iEconomy,” which centred on Apple and won a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting in 2013, at the New York Times. He contributed to other series before that, including ” Golden Opportunities,” “The Reckoning, “and” Toxic Waters. Now for The New York Times Journal, The New Yorker and The Atlantic. He writes books and magazine articles. He is the author of 2 books: the power of habit and productivity, titled The Power of Habit, Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business and Smarter Faster Better.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg (BOOK REVIEW)


He proposes a basic mechanism called ‘the pattern loop’ in the first chapter, whereby an external stimulus immediately leads to a behavioural process that results in a reward. He adheres to this structure throughout, using it as a basis for interpreting habits as diverse as why individuals choose a particular toothpaste brand, become addicted to nicotine and alcohol, and enjoy certain songs on the radio. The disadvantage of attempting to clarify too much in one framework is that if we want to alter certain attitudes, it sidesteps important differences on why individuals act “mindlessly,” differences that we need to consider.

The writer starts to explain with three primary components, this is a circular process:

The Cue: A situational stimulus based on a reward that you are aiming for.
The Routine: A physical or emotional activity to achieve the compensation that you receive.
The Reward: By performing the procedure, the happiness you get.

To change a habit, you must keep the old cue, and deliver the old reward, but insert a new routine.

Charles Duhigg

Part 2: Power of Habits of Successful Organizations

The writer gives powerful examples of what habits do powerful organizations have. He is enthusiastic about the way we will make use of science. When you know that patterns will change. He suggests you have the ability to re-make them and become accountable for them. When you realise that behaviours can be restored. It becomes easier to accept the force, and going to work is the only choice left. He also argues that we can manipulate overall behaviour. By converting corporations into profit producers, and ensuring the effectiveness of social movements.

4 Steps for Changing Any Habit

He makes a good point about the nature of the creation of habits, with different signs and directions for all. But it’s hard to have a solution to ‘one-size-fits-all.’

  • There are three key components of a habit-trigger, routine and reward. Your goal is to decide how you go from a guide to adopting a habit you hate. The more experience you have of a routine, the simpler it is to change it.
  • There is a particular explanation of why a bad habit is continued by you. That’s why the cravings that drive this behaviour are important to understand. The purpose of step two is to establish the real reason for following a particular routine.
  • The writer talks about the most common signs in his book: place, time, emotional state, other individuals and what behaviour follows this cue. By answering these five questions, you will gain a lot of insight:
  1. Where are you situated?
  2. What’s the time?
  3. What emotional condition do you have?
  4. Who else has been around?
  5. What caused the urge?
    Writing down these five responses, and you’ll take the first step towards making a permanent change.
  • In this final stage, without continuing the adverse habit, you can follow a routine that provides the same reward. Whenever you encounter a cue, the best way to do this is to have a clear plan of action.

“A man who can't bear to share his habits is a man who needs to quit them.” ― Stephen King Click To Tweet


I will definitely suggest you read The power of habit. This book gives you a complete road-map on how to form new habits and leave the old ones, It will help you to give a pattern on how you can alleviate your anxieties. The power of habit is all in all summarized book that will guide you in forming your habits.

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