Why do we ask?
“Making your bed every morning is correlated with better productivity, a greater sense of well-being, and stronger skills at sticking with a budget.”
That’s a quote from the New York Times bestseller by Charles Duhigg called:
THE POWER OF HABIT: WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO IN LIFE AND BUSINESS
It only takes a few minutes to make your bed in the morning.
Is that really the secret to greater success?
It’s probably not that easy, but The Power of Habit does explain exactly how the thousands of thoughtless routines we go through each day (our habits, like brushing our teeth and, for some, making our bed) are incredibly impactful to our life experiences.
- Did you know that more than 40% of the actions you perform every day aren’t actual decisions, but habits that you don’t even think about?
- Did you know that your brain can’t tell the difference between good and bad habits?
- Did you know that every habit can be broken down into three parts: (1) cue, (2) routine and (3) reward? And if you isolate these components of your behavior you can make adjustments that help you replace your bad habits with good ones?
We’re sharing this good read because understanding habits – those of ourselves, our customers, our employees, our peers – is key to achieving success.
If you are someone that wants to make better lifestyle choices to improve your health…
If you are a business owner that wants to improve the marketability of your product or service…
If you are a leader that wants to shift the habits of your team to improve outcomes…
If you are a serious investor that wants to improve your financial well-being…
…check out Duhigg’s book (www.thepowerofhabit.com). Not only does he illustrate successful habit change with individuals and corporations (want to know how Febreze ended up in all of our houses?), but he also tells the story of how Tony Dungy turned around the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by changing the players’ habits.
If you’ve read it, let us know. And if you want to add something to our reading list, send us a note!