The other day I happened to read two pieces that both touched upon habits.
The first was an article called Warning – Habits May Be Good For You from the NY Times.
- a branch of successful marketing creates consumer habits, i.e. using Febreze.
- some people think this is wrong, creepy, etc.
- a nonprofit partnered with one such marketing company to promote the habitual use of soap in parts of West Africa, which saves a lot of little kids from dying.
Then I read a post called The Meaning of Life from the Positivity Blog.
- we don’t have to go through life playing out the same old tired, automatic habits.
- we can choose how to react, and therein lies our freedom.
- it suggests working toward synergy and also doing what you love.
It was fascinating to read them on the same day because they’re so close to contradicting each other. I think, though, that they both point to the idea that habits are powerful and can to some extent be controlled.
My takeaway is a whole bunch of questions to ask myself that I’ll also share with you:
- Are you aware of your habits? Habits of mind, relation to your environment, treatment of others, technology usage, verbal tendencies, etc.?
- Is your organization aware of its habits, its automatic actions?
- How are said habits serving you? Your organization? What would you change if you could?
- How can we make positive change in personal or organizational habits?
- How can we move beyond writing more policies and procedures to actually change our everyday experience? Is this a logical place for Social Media to step in?