Forming a new habit takes 21 days…. or longer

I have always held the belief that making or breaking a habit followed one simple formula:

Have idea to change or start activity+ 21 days of doing or not doing that activity =Habit Formed

However, when opening my email today and reading an excerpt from a new book, by Jeremy Dean, “Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don’t, and How to Make Any Change Stick

seems to indicate the harder the change, the longer the timeframe to move it from “idea” to “habit”. The range has been found to be anywhere from 21 to 96 and sometimes more depending on the complexity of the change. I have to say as someone trying to change eating habits, reading habits and spending habits all in one year, this comes as something of a relief.

 
Now, don’t mistake me, you still have to do the work, but this allows for some grace in the forming of the habit, and to allow you to realize that even if not perfect, the effort is worth it because it is in the effort to make a change for the positive, that we truly start the change.
 
By the way, changing eating habits for 30 days has yielded me 16 pounds less on my frame, more energy and sleeping better. I will get back to you on the rest.. What are you trying to change today, tomorrow and next week?

 

2 thoughts on “Forming a new habit takes 21 days…. or longer

  1. this is the last time I’m trying tonight….

    I am trying to be more social. I’ve gotten in a rut of work (and basketball) and more work and it’s no good. I have awesome, beautiful people in my life, and I should not take them for granted. They are absolutely worth having to park my car once in a while. 🙂

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