January 1st, 2012 and a very Happy and Healthy New Year to you and yours. It’s the magical day when all bad habits are abolished and new ones are created overnight. Wouldn’t that be just peachy if it were true? Sadly, the world is not full of magical pink unicorns, BUT with some careful planning, a good dose of hard work and a light sprinkling of good luck, old bad habits will eventually disappear and the good ones will emerge.
How long will it take you to form a habit?
The amount of time we take to form a new healthier habit varies considerably between individuals. One study by Lally et al from the University of London in 2009 found that out of the 96 people they studied, the average number of days to form a habit was 66 days. Some people took as long as 254 days to adjust while others took as little as 18 days.
Whether you are able to adapt to new healthier habits quicker than others, or if you forget your new habit for a day or two, don’t be disheartened. Momentary lapses do not mean that you are not being successful. Pick yourself up and continue along your new healthy habit journey. If you are continually falling down, you may need to refocus and adjust your goals so that they are more realistic and attainable. Break them down into bite sized chunks that are easier to digest. Writing them down and saying them out loud shows a commitment to achieving them. Persevere, be patient, and you will reap the rewards.
Good luck with your New Year Resolutions whether they are personal, business focused, or both. Oh and if you do see a pink unicorn, let me know!
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