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Creatures of habit

on May 14, 2013

girl thinkingWe are all creatures of habit.  Many of the things we do each day are done without even thinking about them.  We get up in the morning, shower, get dressed, eat breakfast, go to work or school and how much do we really think about what we are doing?   Sometimes I’ve been driving home and found myself turning onto my old street where I lived a few months earlier because my mind was thinking from habit.

When habits are helping us do normal everyday things, they are helpful because they save us a lot of time and energy from thinking about each and every little thing we do.  If we had to stop and figure out how to get dressed every day, it would certainly take us a long time to get going.

However, when habits are hurting us in some way, they create difficulty and destruction in our lives.  These are the habits that we need to do something about.

Research shows that it takes about 21 to 30 consecutive days to create a new habit.   Then we still need to consciously work at reinforcing the habit, but it becomes easier to continue doing the same thing.

If you are trying to break a bad habit by replacing it with a new habit,  it will probably require a longer period of time and much more work.   You will still be able to make good progress in 21 to 30 days and if you continue working hard, it will become easier every day.

Write your daily progress in a journal and review your previous notes to see how well you are doing.  Write reminders and stick them somewhere that you will visibly see them on a regular basis (fridge, mirror, door, bulletin board).  This will encourage you to keep going.  Work hard to create some good, positive habits and soon you will see positive changes in your life.

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