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Spotlight on Aaron Janetti 3 Ways to Make Retail Fun Page 3 Change Unwanted Behavior With ‘The Power of Habit’ Page 4

‘THE POWER OF HABIT’ Gives You the Tools to Change Unwanted Behavior The O2 book club kicked off 2018 with “The Power of Habit” and really enjoyed what it had to offer. Habits affect us in every aspect of our lives, from our offices to our houses. Whether it’s nail-biting, eating too many protein bars, or putting off meal prep until the last minute, we all have habits we wish we could break. But how do you escape a behavior you know little about? In his book, “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business,” New York Times reporter Charles Duhigg examines the structure of habit, its underlying causes, and the impact of habit in our careers and personal lives. Duhigg looks at organizations ranging from huge corporations like Target to the more intimate structure of NFL teams. If you’re not creating positive habits in your staff, you’re not giving your all as a leader. Finally, Duhigg details four steps to changing any habit. First, pinpoint the routine. Next, interrogate the reward you receive

from that routine. After that, isolate the situations that cue your behavior. Finally, make a plan to change the behavior. Self-belief is a huge part of this process. As Duhigg says, “You have to actually believe in your capacity to change for habits to permanently change.” With the tools and examples Charles Duhigg details in “The Power of Habit,” you’ll be able to take control of actions you thought were unbreakable. In both business and life, there’s hardly a more valuable asset.

The first part of “The Power of Habit” investigates what Duhigg calls the “habit loop.” This loop comprises the cue (the situation that leads to habitual behavior), the routine (the behavior itself), and the reward (the feeling of satisfaction provided by the behavior). Breaking down this loop, Duhigg argues, is the key to altering behavior. If you don’t understand the “why” behind an action, it becomes much harder to change. From there, Duhigg zooms out to take a look at the habits of successful organizations. As a business owner, the habits you instill in your team go a long way in determining the success of your box.

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