Haley Scholars Fall 2012 Reading Groups
By Cindy Lyles
No matter how much people try, they cannot extinguish a bad habit; will power fails to conquer the power of an in-built habit. “The Golden Rule of Habit Change” details this concept in depth, but there’s hope. The way to override an undesirable habit is to change or replace it with a new one, as examples from NFL coach Tony Dungy and Alcoholics Anonymous founder Bill Wilson reveal.
Dungy’s and Wilson’s respective examples demonstrate how each man succeeded in habit reform. They both understood a fundamental concept. As Duhigg explains, “If you use the same cue, and provide the same reward, you can shift the routine and change the habit. Almost any behavior can be transformed if the cue and reward stay the same” (62).
How did Duhigg’s formulation alter or confirm your previously held beliefs about transforming behavior or longstanding habits?