A cue. A routine. A reward.
"A cue, a routine and a reward" Just finished reading "The Power of Habit". Great long book! pic.twitter.com/hyW17c3sL1— Mario Carrion (@mariocarrion) August 15, 2017
The Power of Habit does not sell you a unique idea for changing your habits or one-fits-all magic recipe you can follow to change the way you behave, instead it tries to explain your current behavior is caused by a combination cue->routine->reward, it does that by narrating different unrelated stories where habits made a significant impact on the way they eventually developed.
From a patient with memory loss, an alcoholic, an addicted gambler or a murderer, the stories in The Power of Habit explain you how one tiny thing eventually led to another huge thing.
What is important to take from those stories is not the actual story itself but how everything started to happen, because in the end whatever behavior you’re trying to change it did not start out of nowhere, something triggered it in first place, you did something next and then it became a routine, a habit.
Seeing things out of the box is such a cliche thing to say, but after completing The Power of Habit the way I see things changes significantly.
The Power of Habit is a long read, but I highly recommend it to anyone trying to become a better person, improve his/her life, overcome bad habits or create new healthy habits.