Buck Bad Habits w/ BreakAways

Posted on: Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
Posted in: SoulTrain, Blog | 2 comments

Many a smoker has discovered that they could definitively kick nicotine only after they quit a job, avoided a happy hour, or moved away.  Yes, moving:  Sometimes the best way to achieve a goal or Mission is to go somewhere new—and leave the proverbial baggage behind.

  • Enter “The Power of Habit”

A new book (with that title) by NYT biz writer Charles Duhigg explores the science of stubborn routines.  He focuses on how businesses can use habit info to sell stuff.  Think:  Amazon suggests a new album by a band you’ve bought before (cool).  Or:  Target sends you coupons for wart remover (creepy).

Mr. Dugligg also digs into the personal routine rituals that can cause habituality.  You know, the 7 am coffee; the 10 am donut; the 3 pm energy drink; the 5:55 pm martini.  He dubs it the “cue, routine, reward” cycle.

  • Change your routine; change your life

Mr. Duhligg practically advocates BreakAways when he suggests that a change in scenery (and schedule and so on) can turn a creature of habit into a person reborn.  Even rote tasks like brushing teeth and tying shoes happen differently when we step off our routine treadmill, he says.

In a recent interview on NPR, he commented,

It’s also a great reason why changing a habit on a vacation is one of the proven most-successful ways to do it…because all your old cues and all your old rewards aren’t there anymore. So you have this ability to form a new pattern and hopefully be able to carry it over into your life.”

BreakAway theory insists that a Sabbatical might degenerate into mere vacation without a Mission—whether to quit smoking, start exercising, or pick up painting.  After all, we all have a closet full of bucket lists of things we want or need to do, but can’t find the time—until we commit to a BreakAway.

This new buzz book may tell us more than we care to know about how the new world of micro-marketing works.  But oddly enough, the same science also reminds us of the powers we hold within ourselves to break old habits—and make new, improved ones come to life.

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2 Responses to “Buck Bad Habits w/ BreakAways”

  1. Del Says:

    Why yes moving is a great way to achieve a goal. Leaving friends behind is the bad part, I will miss them.
    Having a whole new state to explore on weekend outings will be great. I am already planning on a Colorado map on my office wall with colored pins for my exploration. White pins for every snowboard hill I visit, Blue pins for every river I drop a fly into, Black pins for every new place I ride my bicycle. I still need to pick a color pin for everyplace I sleep in a tent in Colorado.
    So I will be using all of our new social media and electronic communication to stay in touch with my friends in my old state so they can share my new state with me.

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