21 Days to a New Habit (Wrong)

21 Days to a New Habit (Wrong)


21 Days to a New Habit (Wrong?) There is this theory floating around the internet
that it only takes 21 days to form a new habit. While this isn’t completely wrong it’s
not entirely correct either. Some habits are easier to form than others,
some are more difficult. For instance, drinking a glass of water in
the morning is not a difficult challenge. You might be able to form that habit in as
little as 18 days. On the other side, you could be trying to
add daily exercises to your mix and it may not actually become habit until day 254. That’s a scary number isn’t it? But it’s only an approximation. Everyone learns at different paces and I bet
you’ll be glad to hear that the average is a lot smaller. Studies show that most people form a new habit
around day 66. If you’re one of those people who fell for
the 21 day trick, like most of us, that’s why you came out disappointed. We thought we should’ve been done, but we
only got a third of the way there. 66 days does seem like a far way out, but
it’s a more accurate goal to strive for. It turns into a grand challenge which may
make us more willing to go harder for longer. So mark it in your calendar, 66 days from
now, what’s a new habit can you form? So start today and start strong, but don’t
count those days as a definite. It may take longer: it may even be shorter. There is no magically consistent number for
you to reach your goal. Only remember one thing. What is the benefit of the habit you’re
forming? Keep that in mind always. That’s all you need to keep moving forward
and then one day you’ll realize you don’t have to think about it anymore. You formed your habit and that is your magical
day.

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