Have you ever had moments in your life when you decide you are going to change something about yourself and how you live your life to build a new habit? Perhaps you want to eat healthier, work out more, or drink more water every day. It can seem painfully slow learning a new skill, a new language or a new way of doing things. Perhaps you are working on a more positive self-image with more positive self talk and that former inner critic still visits sometimes.
“It’s a process. It’s a process. It’s a process. Change takes time.” Unknown
Building a new habit via change takes time, consistent effort, grit, and patience. According to scientific research in an article by James Clear states: “On average, it takes more than 2 months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact. And how long it takes a new habit to form can vary widely depending on the behavior, the person, and the circumstances. In Lally’s study, it took anywhere from 18 days to 254 days for people to form a new habit.” This article states that if you take a day off here and there you are still building new habits by the changes you are making.
“Change is a process. Not an event.” Unknown
The great news to all of this when you stick to the changes you are making to build your new habit or perhaps habits it will happen. There are come a moment where these habits have become part of you and you feel better for it. Focus on the change you want to make and the steps you are taking to make the change to build the new habit. Forget the day count. If you take a day off here and there it’s cool. You can go back to your change you habit actions tomorrow. You’ve got this.
May your change be with you💜
Here is the article by James Clear: https://jamesclear.com/new-habit
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