How long does it really take to change a Habit?

I redownload the 21 Days App by Great Eastern and started to ponder at the question...just how long does it really take for one to change a habit? Is 21 days enough? and where did one get the 21 days number? 

Well, there are a lot of different opinions on this. A blogger wrote about this: There are a lot of variations, both people and habits are important to be taken into account. 

For example, if one wants to start drinking coffee, it would be easy to order one on Monday, Tuesday and I'm sure by Thursday, it will be difficult to resist ordering the same drink. Normally, when it comes to a good habit, it becomes more difficult. For example, it will be difficult to wake up early in the morning on a daily basis to go for running. 21 Days might not be enough to form that habit. 

Nevertheless, I read of a study that seems to suggest that it is not important if one skipped one day here or there while trying to develop the habit. Thus, it is important not to feel discouraged if you feel to keep your commitments. I have a few commitments and habits that I need to kick start....let's hope 21 days is enough for me.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Billy!

    My research (compiled at by following actual people trying to change a habit) indicates that the answer is: It depends. Rough I know!

    Some people seem to be able to mentally commit to a change, and essentially have it 'down' within 5 days with virtually zero chance of failure at that point. Others are still struggling to be consistent after 200 days. There are a lot of factors that influence it.

    I have found that there are 4 tips for increasing your chances of success, easily remembered by the acronym SWAP:
    S - be specific with your goals
    W - write them down
    A - find accountability and encouragement
    P - be patient

    If you're interested, give loopchange a try. It is completely free, no advertising, no strings attached.


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