Creating Good Habits Takes 21 Days

This is a fact, it takes 21 days to break a habit!  Now it may take a life time to develop the bad habit but the great thing is you only have to be consistent for 21 days to break that bad habit. So here is my list of things to do to help you break that habit in 21 days.[ 1. First thing you need to do is to list out what habits you want to break. Then chose one at a time to work on.  I find it really helps to put your habits down on paper, it makes you see them clearer. 2. Pick one of the habits that you want to work on. You should only work on breaking one habit at a time. 3. Really look at this habit and work out the reason WHY you want to break it. For instance if you want to lose weight, but you find that you are unable to stick to a diet for longer than a couple of days then look at the reason for you wanting to lose weight in the first place. What is your WHY or other words your reasons.  If you have a strong enough reason for losing weight, this will be your WHY.  It should be strong enough to pull you back from the brink of taking a bite on a cream cake kind of WHY (if cream cakes are your thing!). 4. Identify your trigger. What it is that puts you off track and moves you towards your bad habit. Once you have worked out what your trigger is, you need to bear this in mind each time you feel you are going into your bad habit, you should recognise the trigger and take action to avoid getting into your habit. 5. When you recognise you are going off track in number 4 above, you need to have a plan of action as to what NEW habit you will put in place instead of falling back to the OLD habit. 6. Talk to self constantly when you recognise you are going in into your bad habit,this will help you focus yourself and keep yourself on track. I found that talking to myself constantly helped me to keep on track. I used to find myself standing in front of the refrigerator arguing with myself with the door open and all that lovely food staring out at me calling out to me ‘eat me’ ‘eat me’.  While a voice in my head was saying, ‘your not hungry,  so if you ate this now, is it going to help your weight loss goals?’ and so this argument went on inside my head and you know what I decided my action for whenever I got a food crave knowing that I did not need to eat anything,I went and got a glass of water and went up stairs away from the refrigerator. 7. Engage others to help support you in your changes. Sometimes if you make yourself accountable to change by telling someone, it makes your will to make that change stronger. 8. Write out affirmations for yourself and repeat these on a daily basis, several times a day. 9. Visualise yourself achieving your new habit and breaking the bad habit, picture yourself after the 21 days and how you will look or feel. The key in all this is to identify your habit,understanding  your reasons why you want to break the habit and recognising the event when you are about to break your habit and take avoiding actions. Just keep on repeating numbers 3 to 9 constantly for the next 21 days and it should then become a new habit. You may wish to occasionally reward yourself,but you need to plan this out ahead of time,not go into it on a spur of the moment. If you feel this post is useful,please tweet and I would love for you to leave me a comment of your thoughts on breaking habits below.   To your success and new habits!   This is a great program that will help you to create and achieve goals. Just click on the photo below for more information.  You can thank me later!

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