You may have heard the same thing as I did. That it takes 21 days to create a habit. And like many coaches, I’m mimicked that information —even to my clients.
Often it took them more than 21 days to create a habit or change a mind-set. For some, it may have taken a week or so, but for others it took a longer amount of years. In my own life, I was working on creating a new habit and after 21 days, it was still far away from becoming a habit. I felt very defeated. Try as I did, 21 days were over, and the habit I’d been working on wasn’t a habit.
Then just this week I watched a news story on TV about that updated me on this topic. Today I went online to see if I can chase down this habit thing.
As you’ll see in article 2 below, it could be that the 21 days rule was taken out of context. And thanks to a UK college, this information has been updated.
So if during your personal or business development, you’ve felt frustrated because it took you a long time to create a new habit, give yourself a break. Because now you have the REAL story! It’s usual for a new habit to take 66 days to develop… and some of us know that even that number is too small.
2 Articles On This Topic
University College London http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/hbrc/2012/06/29/busting-the-21-days-habit-formation-myth/
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