A common theory is that it takes 21 days to create a new habit. There is truth to that statement if you put the emphasis on the word “create” rather than on the phrase “21 days.” Many habits take much longer than 21 days to establish and become truly a habit.
Some habits need to be implemented gradually to completely overcome the previous habit, and others need to be full force from day one.
A good example of a gradual implementation of a habit would be a weight loss or fitness habit. If I set a goal of running 5 miles a day, and I have never been able to run more than a mile, I am going to get sore and frustrated. If I set a one week goal of 1 mile per day, then increase the distance after successfully achieving the original goal, I am more likely to get to the original goal of 5 miles a day.
Along with the new habit, a new attitude of persistence needs to be developed. Attitudes are also habits, but are habits of thought.
The new habit and the new attitude need to be in alignment with your purpose and your vision, or no matter how you try to integrate it into your life, it will never fit.
Remember, you alone have the capability to make any changes in your habits and attitudes. Without the attitude of persistence, changing a habit will be very difficult.
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