Stages for Making New Habits: The 66 Day Minimum
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𝘒𝘦𝘦𝘱 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘴 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘴.
𝘒𝘦𝘦𝘱 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘴 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘰𝘳.
𝘒𝘦𝘦𝘱 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘰𝘳 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘰𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘵𝘴.
𝘒𝘦𝘦𝘱 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘷𝘢𝘭𝘶𝘦𝘴.
𝘒𝘦𝘦𝘱 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘷𝘢𝘭𝘶𝘦𝘴 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘷𝘢𝘭𝘶𝘦𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘺. – 𝑴𝒂𝒉𝒂𝒕𝒎𝒂 𝑮𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒉𝒊
Life is essentially the sum of our habits.
Whether we stay in or out of shape, or how happy or unhappy we are, or how successful or unsuccessful we are, are all results of our habits!
Like Jerome Hines says, the only proper way to eliminate bad habits is to replace them with good ones. While trying to build new habits, remember that it takes approximately 66 days, according to a research, to make new habits. Its called The 66 Day Minimum.
In his book, The 5 A.M Club, Robin Sharma describes the three stages:
Stage 1: Destruction
The first 22 days is usually the hardest part as you try to break old habits. So instead of using the elevator, you use the stairs. Instead of having a PET drink when thirsty, you take water.
Stage 2: Installation
The next 22 days might make you feel like giving up. You’re starting to question your decision. It’s getting harder than you thought. This is where persistence plays an important role.
Stage 3: Integration
In the last 22 days, things begin to come together. You’re approaching the stage where you get used to taking the stairs, waking up at 1am to study or at 5am to exercise, or having a glass of water first thing in the morning.
If you want to be highly successful, you need to be highly disciplined towards your daily routine.
Like Robin Sharma rightly puts it, small daily improvements over time lead to stunning results.
Most successful individuals have overtime cultivated some 𝗵𝗮𝗯𝗶𝘁𝘀 which accounts for the success they enjoy. One of these habits is 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗣𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘄𝘁𝗵.
Everyone desires to be successful, but very few put in the work required to achieve the goals. One thing you will quickly notice about successful people is that they take personal growth seriously and endeavour to remain consistent, making adjustments as they go.
Do you follow through on projects and tasks or are you inconsistent with no reason?
Do you make adjustments to your plans or once they don’t go your way, you quickly throw in the towel?
Are you open to new challenges or you want to maintain the status quo?
Are you laid back in your pursuit for your desired future?
Think about it.
All change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous in the end.