How to create new habits (with Charles Duhigg)
December 03rd, 2012 - 17 Comments
The good thing about having a bad memory is I can read a book…then 3 months later, read it again and it’s all new to me. Amazing!
This is why, when I was a kid, I read every book in our house at least 3 times — including the ENTIRE series of my sisters’ books, Sweet Valley High, three times. I love you Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield.
Anyway, the point of all this is that I read a lot — usually about 3 books/week — but recently, I’ve been spending more time reading pointless blogs and online aggregators. Why? Because I’m on my laptop, and they’re a click away. I “knew” I want to read more long, nuanced books, but I found myself reading blog articles that I’d forget by the next morning.
So it was recently, when I read a book called The Power of Habit, I decided to get back into reading my usual number of books. I love books, I love reading years of someone’s best work compressed into a book, and if I apply just ONE insight to my life, I usually get massive rewards.
So I changed the way I approached reading books. I tested putting books around my house — bookmarked — so I could pick them up and read them when I had 3 minutes of downtime (like while I was heating up tea). Most powerful of all, I used the principle of barriers to leave my laptop in another room when I went to sleep.
RESULT: I’m reading ONE ADDITIONAL BOOK PER WEEK. Awesome.
The entire framework of my test came from Charles Duhigg’s Power of Habit, who’s written arguably the best book on behavioral change in modern times. And I say that as a huge nerd who’s read most of the books on behavioral change.
Today, I’m thrilled to unveil an interview with Charles.
This 1-hour interview will open your eyes on how to control your own behavior. Charles has the ability to take complex concepts of behavioral change — Why don’t we exercise more? Why do we feel guilty about getting distracted? — and show you how to use the science in an actionable way.
This interview has never been revealed anywhere else, and I created it especially for you.
In the interview, we cover:
- The proven 3-step system for creating a habit that you’ll actually stick to
- Why “trying harder” is not the answer to changing your behavior — and what actually works instead
- How to CHANGE a bad habit (and why “quitting” a habit rarely works)
- How to find the real, hidden reasons why we indulge in bad habits like smoking, snacking, etc. — and what to do about them
- The “keystone habits” that, if implemented, can have a rippling effect throughout all the other areas of your life
Here’s a preview:
The full interview is only available for Brain Trust members. To learn more about the program, sign up at http://www.ramitsbraintrust.com
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