The book's primary goal seems to make an individual understand the triggers to habit formation, its impact to make decisions, and its connection to accomplishments. Three terms have become vital in the whole book which are cue, routine, and reward. Book is successful to demonstrate that cues are triggers to form routine which ultimately leads to some reward. The book reflects various evidence where it explains with some repetition on these cycles any habit can be formed, altered, or changed.
Aspects in the book
The book is divided into three main sections where the first section is about individual habit formation, the second is about habits of successful organizations, and the third is on habits of societies. The book brings previous content in the following chapters so it’s better to read the whole book from the beginning.
Who should read this book?
Any individual who is fond of reading and gaining knowledge can start this book. Lots of content in the book come from American Society so pre-knowledge in history can be rewarding. Book has mentioned a lot of experiments that come directly from research so an understanding of how research is carried can help to understand aspects deeply. The book covers terms from the medicine and the business field so a general understanding of these areas comes in handy.
This would be the best book who are thinking about making new resolutions as it will guide people to form habits with some habit loop formation. Also, this book would be great for people who want to change bad habits like smoking, drinking, gambling, etc. The book can be a motivation for habit formation.
It took me around a month to complete this book. I was reading at a slow pace. This book felt really interesting as I am always curious about the working of the human brain. Book presented the idea of habit formation in an individual who failed to remember things that happened a few while ago in the first chapter. This immediately caught my attention and the kind of satisfaction that habit formation can work. Gradually following the book it moved to stories of people with different social, financial, and career aspects. Book seems to clearly reflect on the habit formation concept and somewhere satisfies the reader with the content presented. Book interestingly covers stories of individuals, companies, and social movements that we can enjoy along with the knowledge.
I felt the book has been successful to present habit formation can be related in many daily use cases. For example, a successful athlete will require continuous practice where the brain automatically responds to situations through habit formation. A smoking addict needs to find a way to replace the smoking triggers with something else so the craving for smoking can be replaced with something else.
I felt the author relating willpower as being the outcome of habit formation. The book although mentioned willpower multiple times but I felt it should have come side by side with habits with detailed explanation. Willpower formation and its co-relation with habit formation in many areas would have helped to justify things more clearly. Maybe we all expect more, A poor cue I have as routine to expect more as a reward ;)
The book is worth reading and highly recommended.