The art of building the right habits

One of the subtle ways in which our environment acts on us is by reinforcing or deterring our habits.

Habits are in essence, behavioral autopilot. When your habits shift, your environment will shift as well.

Leaders who can instill habits that reinforce their teams’ goals are in essence making progress for free.

How can you create a habit that supports the change you’re trying to make?

  1. the habit needs to advance the mission
  2. The habit needs to be relatively easy to embrace.

Create checklists if you want to change habits:

Checklists can help people avoid blind spots in a complex environment.

Our environment determines our habits and behaviors. In ambiguous situations, we all look to others for cues about how to behave. Behavior is contagious like obesity or smoking is contagious too.