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21 Days

Posted Aug 26 2008 1:10pm

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Tell someone – Share your goal with a friend, spouse, boss, etc. Letting someone in on your goal will help to keep you accountable.

  4. 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.

  5. Visualize – the mind is a very powerful tool.

  6. Reward yourself – for every successful day that passes offer yourself a reward.

  7. 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!
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