Forming A New Habit

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What do we always wish for when January rolls around? Being able to start new habits and be rid of the unnecessary ones.

Officially statistics have proven that forming a new habit can take up to 27-31 days to become routine. Typically this means we would give up on day 10-15 because frustrations build and no matter how hard we try it seems pointless.

Instead, try to incorporate a new habit that is seemingly small. No more than 5 minutes of your time should be taken away and essentially could be done in the morning hours. Taking something such as getting up 10 minutes earlier, drinking a healthy green shake or counting those steps should be done in moderation. Never attempt to create a new habit all at once, this is too much stress on the brain.

For instance, starting a yoga course at home could hit a dead end because you are pressuring yourself to commit to something. Honestly, a habit has to happen gradually over time to stick.

With habits, the brain has already crafted out a pathway (a familiar feeling) of neurons that contribute to this. Building a new and better habit means carving out a new pathway, which can take time. Reminding yourself that time is a valuable and earned component will save you a lot of heartache.

Watch This TEDx Talks

Below BJ Fogg introduces an excellent way to slowly move towards a habit-forming reality. Rather than another failed attempt at changing a routine you’ve become accustomed too. Even though the video is 17 minutes long, dedication also comes with forming new habits, so give it a try.

 

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