Does it really take 21 days? Why is that?
Research confirms that it takes approximately 3 weeks(maybe longer) for a good habit to be formed. While a bad habit happens almost instantly.
Creating good habits is dependent on you. What you do to change your way of thinking. And what adjustments you plan to implement.
How big are these shifts?
Spending less time checking social media on your phone would take a different type of willpower. To eating compulsively late at night.
Some habits need a longer time for you to changing your thinking patterns.
Why isn’t it easy to eat less if you want to lose weight?
This is the part where you have to put some effort into creating a habit. Because things are usually difficult before they become effortless.
A habit becomes easier because you have worked on implementing it instead of giving up. Based on you as an individual. And how quickly you change your mindset. It will become automatic. As your actions determine your outlook.
With that in mind. Starting a new habit is easier than trying to eliminate a bad one you are already practicing. A crucial tip is replacing a good habit in place of a bad one. Producing long term benefits. Be prepared to work at it.
To change your thoughts towards your old habit. Replace these with new thoughts.
To change your behavioural patterns. Avoid pitfalls where you would give in to the old habit. If you want to reduce your caffeine intake, decrease the amount of caffeinated drinks first. Then switch to decaf alternatives. Rather than cut it out altogether. With time it will become easier. And you can stop.
Repetition breeds consistency. A good habit will succeed if you set a routine. To do something every day. At the same time. Start jogging by keeping your running gear ready at hand once you wake. Set an alarm to nudge you. Download inspirational music to motivate you when you exercise. Habits are proved to form faster if you stick to a daily routine.
Invent reminders. Like a photo on the fridge. A note on your noticeboard. Anything that will give you a cue of the reasons you are forming a new habit. Or why eliminating a bad habit will lead to constructive behaviours.
Exercise will help you get strong physically. Reduce stress. Add helpful tips as reminders on your phone to motivate you during the day. Outline the benefits of a new habit. Saving money will help you buy your own place. Or go on a dream holiday.
Have a list of all the positive reasons you are starting good habits. And prompt yourself often. A constant reminder of why you’re trying to change your behavior is also helpful. Your thoughts will be centred on the reasons for positive change.
As you practice consistency the old bad habits will be replaced with new ones. In a few months or by the end of the year you will look back and think it was well worth the hard work.
These two books offer important information that can help you.
1| The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People looks at setting up habits by building good principles in your life.
Slack habits and sloppy work are as bad as vandalism. [Proverbs 18:9]
2| Making Good Habits, Breaking Bad Habits: 14 New Behaviours That Will Energise Your Life focuses on self-improvement and has 14 chapters with important guidance to help you make changes by setting out plans to transform your thinking and behaviour.
Indolence wants it all and gets nothing; the energetic have something to show for their lives. [Proverbs 13:4]
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