21 days. It's not a long time. In fact, 21 days go by in the blink of an eye. But what can be accomplished in 21 days is incredible. In fact, 21 days of dedication is all that is needed to change your life. Studies have shown that is takes 21 days to create a habit. Think about that. If you want to make a change, whether it is your health, something in business, or in just in life, you can be on your way in just about 3 weeks. That's exciting!
There are some keys to ensuring success if you decide to either change or create a new habit in your life.
First, you must commit to it. For example, if you want to start the habit of excercising for 45 minutes every day, you must commit to it and be deliberate in your approach.
Second, write down what you are going to do. So, if the goal is 45 minutes per day of exercise, write it down and make a 21 day checklist to check off that you did it each day. What gets measured, gets managed.
Third, be consistent. It is a lot easier to practice the new habit over 21 days if you are consistent in your approach. Staying with the example of exercising 45 minutes per day, strive to do the 45 minutes at the same time every day, so it is built into your schedule and the time is set aside. It will make it easier to plan for it as well.
Fourth, be accountable. It is easier to accomplish your goal if you are accountable to it. The best way to be accountable is to have an accountability partner - someone that will help you keep on track for your goal. This may be someone who is building the same habit with you or someone close to you that is not afraid to call you out.
Fifth, reward yourself. Building a habit means change and a lot of dedicated, consistent work for a short time, 21 days. But that doesn't mean it isn't hard. And to help keep you motivated, you should decide on a reward that is important to you, that you will give yourself for accomplishing to goal. Keep your reward top of mind, especially in those moments where you don't want to keep going or consider skipping the work toward the habit for a day. It will help you in the moment.
Good habits are the cornerstone of success and the best part is we get to choose them and put them in our lives. Just think where you will be a year from now if you took 21 days each month to build a new habit to help you in your life. That's 12 new habits. Would your life change? You bet it would. So get started and here's to your success!
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