How to Break a Habit in 21 days

I have heard that it has been said that a person can break a habit in 21 days. I am not sure this is true but reading different articles I have reason to believe it really does work. I have some awful habits that really need some help so I am willing to give it a try.

From the Aristotle site:

Dr Maxwell Maltz, an American cosmetic surgeon and author, noticed that it took 21 days for amputees to cease feeling phantom sensations in the amputated limb. From further observations he found it took 21 days to create a new habit. Since then the ’21 Day Habit Theory’ has become an accepted part of self-help programs.

Francis Farmers Revenge site shares helpful suggestions and daily activities to help change habits:

To begin with, choose one unhealthy habit you wish to eliminate or change. Or, choose a healthy habit you want to adopt as part of your behavior. If it is a habit to eliminate, you may wish to go “cold turkey” or have a gradual tapering off.

1. Write down your goal. There is magic in the written word when it applies to you.
2. List your reasons for changing or eliminating your habit.
3. Find substitute routines.
4. Talk to yourself. Tell yourself you’re making progress. Remind yourself that you are moving closer to your goal.
5. Recruit helpers for support. Explain to them why you are making this change. Ask for their support.
6. Be prepared for people who may sabotage your change. Be assertive and tell them what they are doing.

Do you have some bad habits you want to break or some healthy habits you want to adopt? For the complete article and more helpful ways to break that habit, click here.

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