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Habits – 21 Days to make, break and reinforce.

February 7, 2012

Very informative post on breaking old habits, making new ones, and reinforcing those new habits!

Can apply for much more than just New Year resolutions.

Notes from the Sportsfield...

Habits are hard to break and often just as hard to make…we all know that. However, have you heard of the rough formula attached to successful making and breaking of habits? I find it both interesting and motivating whenever I want to start or stop doing something. This is how it goes:

  • 21 days to break (an old) habit.
  • 21 days to make a (new) habit.
  • 21 days to reinforce (the new) habit.

So roughly 60 days or 2 months to go from ‘I’m going to do it’ to ‘If I don’t do it (my new habit) I’m going to miss it’.

If we apply this to exercise and the oft talked up, ‘I’m going to get fit after Christmas’ pledge, it means that unless you are still fulfilling your New Years resolution by the end of February, you’re new regime won’t be anywhere near hardwired into your sub-conscious. It’s…

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