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The Power of Habit: Harnessing the Power to Establish Routines that Guarantee Success in Business and in Life Paperback – September 29, 2003


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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (September 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410779955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410779953
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is very easy to read and I use it in my daily practice.
Michelle Foster
Explains the basis for our habits and how we can take control of them; this is a great place to start is you want to improve your life!
D Nelson
Time-tested, successful techniques for replacing bad habits with good habits.
B Dorn

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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Weinan Sun on December 13, 2009
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"There are two kinds of people in the world: dreamers and doers, dreamers talk about, think about, dream about, hope for, even plan on doing extraordinary things; doers do them!" -- Page 4, The power of habit.

I think this quote described the problem deeply. Dreamers are always tagged by "perfectionism" and "procrastination"; In most cases, dreamers are ambitious, sensitive and wishing to make a difference in their lives, however, goals they wrote in their to-do list are seldom accomplished. In this book, the author gave an answer to this problem: It's the HABIT keeping dreamers from their goals.

People always make predictions about the future and calculate in their brain what actions are needed to accomplish their personal needs/goals. This is the basic survival skill developed through evolution. However, the evolution didn't make the brain circuit a perfect system. Dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain, is the essential chemical for rewarding, in another way, it's regulating our motivation by generating a "right feeling". During the activities such as predicting the future events, dopamine is released in the brain, and give us sense of safety or happiness. This is the essential motivation for us to do something: either it's saving money to buy a new car or preparing an important speech. Dopamine makes our life running well, as long as it's working normally. In some cases, people can also get addicted to planning and making prediction in which case planning becomes "dreaming". This type of addiction has the same nature as the other ones such as porn addiction, internet addiction and drug addiction. All these addiction follow one same pattern: The OCD cycle.
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97 of 124 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 1, 2004
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Although I found the information contained in this book very helpful, I felt that I was overcharged for it. The book could have easily been condensed down to a booklet or even a magazine article, at less price, without any loss of substance.
The text is not only written in large type on small pages, the format is interspersed frequently with quotations in unnecessarily very large type. Some of the information is repeated too often, as well. Yes, this was a useful book, but I feel as if I have been cheated out of a real book after having paid the price for one.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mykeljon on February 23, 2009
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I couldn't disagree more with the other review for this product.
I have stopped reading self-help books since getting this one.
It helped change my life.
It is extremely practical, it is humorous, meaningful, useful.
Does it have a lot of space, larger type, is it a bit repetitive, have a lot of quotes?
Yes, and its easy to read because of the type.
There's room to put in your own thoughts because of the extra space.
The reminders are usefully placed.
The quotes are the kind you like to paste on your mirror for inspiration.
Why complain about the price when comparing it to the cost of other much less useful self-help books?
All other self-help books suffer from the "little book trying to get out of the big book" syndrom. This one sticks to and repeats the basic message to work it into you.
In practice the 'power of habit' is what all self help books will come back to anyway.
Why not jump start your process by doing one first?
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tezza on June 8, 2010
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I bought this book after trying another habit breaking book which didn't seem to have too much affect.

Well, with this book I hit the jackpot! I immediately put the book to use by changing my eating habits. Within two weeks I was so focused and positive habit forming it was stunning! I lost quite a bit of weight, and most importantly, felt ready to break any habit I should set my sights on.

I describe this book to others as "sort of operant condition you'd use training a pet, except your turning the techniques on yourself!". To boil it down, I created a great scheme for rewarding good habits while punishing bad habits. I found after a week or two the good habits were becoming, well, a habit. I found that it became easier and easier to remain focused on good habits while fewer and fewer times I found myself lapsing into bad habits.

I would highly recommend this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B Dorn on June 25, 2013
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Efficient and/or a quick useful guide in how to change your entire lifestyle for the most optimal success! It is 110 pages of life changing, insightful material! Change 90% of your everyday behavior by reading this extraordinary nonfiction paperback! Our daily habits on this planet Earth are the most important aspect of our existence! Simply, the things we do each day are a direct result of our daily habits. The one common denominator of all successful people on Earth is a routine built on excellent life habits. The most successful people in any field -- the most successful athletes (i.e. Larry Bird, Michael Jordan), lawyers (David Boise, Thurgood Marshall), politicians (Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln), physicians (Eben Alexander, Raymond Moody), business leaders (Warren Buffett, Bill Gates), musicians (Eddie Vedder, Lady Gaga), and sales people (Dale Carnegie, Tony Robbins), actors (Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock) -- those who are the best at what they do on an annual basis, have one thing in common: GOOD HABITS! The Spanish violinist "Sarasate, was once called a genius by a famous critic. Sarasate sharply replied: Genius! For thirty-seven years I've practiced fourteen hours a day, and now they call me a genius," (p. 19-20). Clearly, "specific consequences," and/or the sum total of your daily routine by way of your established habits, have "broader, more significant consequences," (p.27). Thus, those that are successful in life have established good habits, by slowly working on their goals on a daily basis. Taking a little bit of action toward self-improvement, on a daily basis.Read more ›
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