Does it really take only 21 days to form a habit?

I’ve always heard people talk about how it takes 21 days to form a habit. Having started and stopped habits over the years and this isn’t the case for me. In fact, new studies show it takes an average of 66 days to form a habit.

So if you’re like me and you love fresh starts and always set New Year’s resolutions, now would be a great time to start thinking about resolutions, then spend the next month or two breaking whatever good habit you want to achieve into smaller pieces so you can gain a little at a time, and finally, start implementation just after Labor day and by the time January rolls in, you will have already formed a new habit.

Helpful Tips:
Start slow! For example, if you want to start working out, start by doing it a couple minutes a day and work your way up to longer and more intense workouts. If the goal is to wake up an hour earlier – that first day, just wake up 5 minutes early. Then move the time back in 5 minute increments until you reach your goal. If you want to eat better, start small. Focus on making small changes instead of changing everything all at once.

Don’t get discouraged. Messing up one day is NOT a setback. I see this all the time. People start eating healthy, and after a week they miss a day. And then they miss two days. After that they just give up. There is no such thing as back tracking in good habit forming!

One really good way to not get discouraged is to celebrate your success. If you have worked up to exercising 15 minutes a day or waking up 10 minutes earlier – pat yourself on the back! Even if you messed up one day out of the whole week, it doesn’t discount all the progress you made. You are still better off then you were the week before.

I hope you use these tips in your life and also use it to help encourage others. If you know of someone who has been trying to develop some good habits in life, celebrate their small milestones with them! Pass this post on to them just to let them know what a great job they are doing!

I would love to hear your thoughts about this one, and what good habits you’d like to pick up now that you KNOW you can.

Have a fantastic Monday!

One of many deliberate moms,

Utoia Wooten

Original post by Dani Johnson, Achieve Any Health Habit Easily (Daily Fix)

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