Maybe you've heard it said before, that "it takes 3 weeks for something to become a habit." Well, I don't know about you, but I've done plenty of things for three weeks before that I don't do anymore. I've done things for three years before that I don't do anymore. So what's the deal? In my opinion, it takes much more than time to effectively form a habit.
Forming habits are key if we want to live a life beyond what we have motivation for. Keeping habits, if we build them right to begin with, is the easy part. Here's how I go about building rhythms of life that last:
That was the case with me and caffeine. In 2017, I went 6 months without consuming any caffeine. That meant no coffee, no soda, no tea, no energy drinks - you name it. That was an awesome habit, and I'm glad I did it. I'm better off for it. I felt great and full of energy, and by month two, avoiding caffeine even became very easy to maintain. But ultimately, the habit didn't last, because I had no centrally-held, core belief to keep this habit in place. While I may consent that caffeine has generally negative effects on the human body, I don't believe total abstinence is the necessary or even best solution. Thus, my habit was on a collision course.
In the long run, either your belief will need to change to reinforce your habit, or your habit will revert back to your true belief, every time. I recommend having the two on the same page to begin with.
What habits have you successfully formed? How did you do it?
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