Haley Scholars Spring 2013 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?