Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Power of Habit [Reflections]

Haley Scholars Fall 2012 Reading Groups    

So now that you've read Charles Duhigg's The Power of Habit, what will you do tomorrow? That is, what's one distinct way you are inclined to approach activities or sharpen or alter your outlook based on a specific finding or idea raised in the book?

In many respects, our decision to organize common reading groups on interrelated books allows us to participate in extracurricular or beyond-the-classroom learning activities that enhance our  overall knowledge and strengthen our reading and web-based communication skills. Thanks for joining us on the journey.

We're not curious: how will your tomorrow or future now be shaped by what you discovered reading in The Power of Habit?


Ralicia Goble said...

Personally, this book inspired me to make a habit of always speaking proper English. As a student, sometimes casual terms of conversation seem to just slip into more formal settings. I was inspired to make a habit of it in an effort to see what other changes it could inadvertently lead to. I'm excited to see where it might lead.

Abagail Thompson said...

I’ve always tried to look at things on a “bigger picture” scale. I look at how society is reacting and adapting to something, and how it is affecting social trends, norms, and habits. I have a lot of habits related to learning, and they are common amongst the societal population at SIUE. One of these main habits consists of Berger’s banking method-learning simply to regurgitate (temporarily memorizing information to achieve a letter grade instead of retaining and gaining knowledge). Duhigg made me examine habits, good and bad, and determine where they originated from and who they are affecting. He also empowered me to correct such habits. This book allowed you to take blame for you action, and act as a catalyst of change within your life, and the life of others.

Maame Antwi said...

This book, The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, made me look at the habits I have had for nearly my whole life, or at least many years, and see how that has shaped me to be the woman I am today. For example, it has always been a habit of mine to pick out my clothing I am going to wear the morning of due to not knowing the weather or what I want to wear. This has caused me to be late for class, a meeting, a study group, etc in the past. But if I change this habit to make it part of my nightly routine, it may definitely change my promptness for the future! Overall this was an extremely insightful book teaching me as I move on into my adulthood, I am going to need to change childhood habits

Jennifer Johnson said...

this book has made me more aware of my own bad habits and given me motivation to change them.