21 Days to Make A Habit? Lies. All Lies.

Why 21 days to make a habit is a lie | Varietybyvashti.orgI’m sorry, but can you ever recall a time in your life that you were great at something in 21 days?

Yes.  21 days can give you some time to witness progress and this will get you excited; you might be more likely to continue doing what you are doing, but don’t be fooled.  You are not a pro… yet.

I also think we need to look at it from the opposite angle.  You need more than 21 days to BREAK BAD habits.  Nail biting, smoking, sleeping in, not working out, eating poorly, drinking coffee, etc would be very hard to break in just 21 days.

So the point I am trying to make?

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Cut yourself some slack!

If you don’t feel like your habit is set in stone, or you gave in to a bad habit before day 21, realize that it takes much longer than just 21 days to truly make new habits.  You shouldn’t be ashamed of yourself or give up.

It’s a process, and I can say that after years of working out and eating healthy, I still have bad habits that can creep in.  I’m still learning!  I would be lying if I said that I didn’t need a pep talk on days I would rather nap than workout.

It’s normal.

Just don’t throw in the towel on day 22 if things aren’t going as planned.  You will get there.  One day at a time.  One week.  One month.  Even one year.

Enjoy the process!  If you feel like you have a bad habit to break or a good habit to start, share it with us!  Sometimes, building a community and having similar goals can help us.

Do you believe it only takes 21 days?

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