My most recent reading was the amazing book “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg.
I had already heard a long time ago that if we do something for 21 days it becomes a habit. There is literally a part of our brain called the basal ganglia that is in charge of creating habits. Once a habit is engrained in our basal ganglia it is registered there for good. That is why bad (and good) habits are so hard to get rid of.
The book uses examples of all types of habits from casino players who cannot stop gambling to companies such as Starbucks who use habits to create an amazing work environment and client service.
So what if we used these powerful habits to change the way se consume in this world? What if instead of looking for quantity we looked for quality? What if we looked in ways to take care of our environment through what we buy and consume?
I don’t believe in radical change from the night to the morning. I do believe in making radical decisions to seek for change, but change takes time as well as creating good habits.
We can decide to start the gym today but it will take maybe a year or two to get fit and stay fit. We might decide today to stop consuming animal products, but maybe we will start with meat today and eggs in a year. It is also a matter of knowing ourselves and choosing our own rhythm. But they do say that good things take time!
I will never get tired of insisting that our planet needs the help of each and every one of us! Small actions today do matter… so what if we started creating good habits towards the world we want for our children?
The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do – Charles Duhigg