To start a new habit it takes a while, but what is a while, 1 week, 2, 5, months?
I have been told it takes 21 days to start a new habit, however not believing what anyone says at face value means I check for myself and I have found people talking about 21 days a lot – so if it’s said a lot does it make it true ? NO of course not…..
I found this interesting article and I agree with it;
For example I have been working on a 90 day challenge and did I get a habit after 21 days – NO – I’m still working on it each day and none has become habit, it’s become part of a routine, but not habit, I don’t do it and think did I do that, I still need to make sure I do it, if that makes sense.
While on the other hand our cat Felix has a heart condition and I give him his heart drugs ( cats get better care and meds than us humans !! ) a.m. and p.m. and we just went past the 3 months mark and today, the reason I write this article, for the first time it become habit, I did it then let him out to chase tail and had breakfast and then thought did I give Felix his drugs and I had to remember hard that I had, it was a habit I just did it and did not think….
So 21 days is not true, yes if you do something for 21 days it starts to fit into your routine, but it’s that ‘routine’ not habit…
Read this great article from James Clear and let me know what you think – habit in 21 days or longer ??
I asked my 90 day challenge group and got the answers ???
“I’d say it’s more about how long does it take to form the habit whereby it doesn’t feel like hard work and require massive effort. I’ve completed 18 days of miracle morning and I’m just starting to come out of the effort stage“. Jay Williams... and followed up with “I agree that it takes a lot longer than 21days to form a true habit. Think about driving a car how long did that take you to program the mind?“
I have also been shared this great article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonselk/2013/04/15/habit-formation-the-21-day-myth/
James Clear article: