Scientists say it takes about 21 days to make/break a habit. So if you’re looking to quit smoking, start a new exercise routine, or stick to a diet, 21 days should be your goal. After that, routine will take care of itself.
In as little as three weeks you can make a change to your life and all you’ll need is those 21 days to make a difference.
It may seem like the impossible when ending a habit that you’ve had deeply-ingrained all these years, but it’s not. Taking the initiative to begin/quit a habit may not be easy, but it’s well worth it. That feeling of knowing you achieved a goal that you’ve had your sights set on should give you motivation to keep going and make a change.
Focus On One Change At A Time.
Jot down a list of changes you want to make in your life and choose one at a time to focus on. You can’t fully dedicate all your energy and effort if you’re splitting it between various new ‘habits’ so pick the most important and first work on that one and the rest will follow.
Just Do It. Take Action!
It’s okay to feel overwhelmed and nervous but what’s not okay is giving up on creating the best version of yourself. Find your motivation, close your eyes, take a breath and just do it. You can’t create a habit without taking the first steps and starting. So, what’s the one thing that is truly getting you excited to make a change?
Stuff happens, it does. Just because you may come across a few hurdles along the way, doesn’t mean it’s over. You’ve only just begun. Understanding that just because stuff happens it doesn’t have to break you. This understanding will put you in a proper mindset to succeed in your journey.
Get Back Up and Clap For Yourself!
Okay, okay so you messed up, but that doesn’t mean you should just give in. Set your sights on a goal and with that laser focus nothing should get in your way and if anything, if it does, just get back up and keep going….oh, and clap for yourself! You came a long way and took the biggest step and started. Now that’s something to be proud of.
Share The Journey.
Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, you will have a better chance of achieving great results when you’re able to share the journey and accountability. Want to quit smoking? Join a group that will help support you and the struggles you’ll come across. Want to start running a 5k? Get some friends involved, download a fun app to compete with one another or start posting your progress for your family and friends to cheer you on. Whatever you do try to share it with others that will get excited for you and will help you achieve your goal.
They say motivation is what gets you started, but habit is what keeps you going. So what’s gonna keep you going? Where do you see yourself in 21 days?