The Power of Habit

For many years, I used this quote as my email signature:

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.”
— Aristotle

Intuitively, I knew it to be true.  I just finished reading The Power of Habit after it was recommended by a colleague.  This provides much more detail regarding the nature of habits and how they define individuals, organizations and societies.  It’s a quick read and well worth your time.  Two great quotes:

… it may seem like most organizations make rational choices based on deliberate decision making, but that’s not really how companies operate at all. Instead, firms are guided by long-held organizational habits…

This is the real power of habit: the insight that your habits are what you choose them to be. Once that choice occurs and becomes automatic, it’s not only real, it starts to become inevitable…

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