Experts say it takes 21 days to break a bad habit. In turn, a good habit followed for 21 days becomes permanent. Sounds simple enough, right? Preparation is still required.
Write down your goal– Write out what habit you want to form or what habit you want to break. Post your goal in a place you can see it every day.
List your reasons for change– Listing your reasons will help you feel more attached to your goal. Look at your list of reasons every day. It’s a strong reminder of the person you want to become.
Tell someone– Share your goal with a friend, spouse, boss, etc. Letting someone in on your goal will help to keep you accountable.
Avoid crashers– Inevitably there will be someone who tries to sabotage you. A husband who smokes may not want you to quit smoking. He’ll lose his smoking buddy. Encourage him to join in on the 21-day challenge. Make a bet with him to see who will win.
Visualize– the mind is a very powerful tool.
Reward yourself– for every successful day that passes offer yourself a reward.
Take one day at a time- Don’t get too far ahead of yourself. Take one day at a time because if you miss a day, you start back at day one.
When you reach your 21-day goal (and you will!) keep going, don’t stop there. Go for another 21 days until your new habit is as thoughtless as brushing your teeth. Good luck!