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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

The Power of Habit: Why we do what we do in life and business,

by Charles Duhigg. Random House, February 2012, 400 pages.

We’re not even aware of many of the things we do, because they are so habitual. In this highly readable book, Duhigg relates how habits affect the success or failure of individuals, businesses, and social groups. Stories of people like history-maker Rosa Parks, Olympic champion Michael Phelps, and successful pastor Rick Warren flesh out the fascinating research and science behind the study of habits.

There are significant implications here for anyone who wants to live a more effective life. Although Duhigg doesn’t make this connection, the book is a great amplification of the Biblical principle of “put off/put on”. We can’t just try not to do something negative, we must replace it with something positive. Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. Ephesians 4:28.

By consciously changing our habits, we can cooperate with the power of the Holy Spirit,  and see our lives transformed.