21 Day Myth

Friday, October, 24, 2014

Ok, how many of you reading this have already heard that it takes 21 days to cultivate a good habit or break bad habit if done everyday continuously for next 21 days, without failing. Even if you haven’t heard about it, it’s ok. Now you don’t need to know it because it’s misinterpreted.

Well, it all started back in the 1960s when Maxwell Maltz in his famous book “Psycho-cybernetics” told that it takes minimum of 21 days to form new self image or break old one. This piece of information was repeated and repeated so many times that “minimum” part was removed and whole idea was misinterpreted. But, lately a study published in European Journal of Social Psychology stated that, Phillippa Lally, health psychology researcher at University College London and her team found that found that it takes 66 days for an average person to form new habit. Becoming more exact it took 18 days to 254 days to form new habit depending on person and difficulty level of new habit. They also stated that for simple habits it takes less days whereas for complex habits it takes more days and missing just a single day to perform don’t affect the overall habit formation process.

In past, I also used to believe this myth, but knowing these latest facts, I have to change my belief. So, be patient and give your new habit adequate time to become automatic.

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