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Postby Angel » Thu Jan 05, 2006 9:27 pm

Does anyone out there know how long it takes to make something habit?

I'm swapping my bad habits for good ones and wonder how long I have to do it before it becomes second nature - like the bad ones.

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Postby Butterfly_Dawn » Thu Jan 05, 2006 9:29 pm

I reckon it would depend on how strong the habit is and how well you reinforce it. At least a couple of months I would say.
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3 weeks

Postby Lesley » Thu Jan 05, 2006 9:30 pm

I have read that it takes 3 weeks to change a habit. But to do it successfully you need to change one habit every 3 weeks, so the firtst one is actually a habit before you change the next thing. I hope this makes sense.

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Postby Butterfly_Dawn » Thu Jan 05, 2006 9:32 pm

taking it one bite at a time, so to speak
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Postby Angel » Thu Jan 05, 2006 9:46 pm

Thanks for the speedy feedback, I think I'll go with the 3 weeks and concentrate on one habit at a time.

Wish me luck!
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Postby hushpuppy » Thu Jan 05, 2006 9:54 pm

it take 21 days to create a habit and 45 days to break it i think that what it says in AJ rochesters book

Now i know why i cant break my habit

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Postby PaulaR » Fri Jan 06, 2006 10:21 am

I was told by a life coach once that you need to do something 27 times for it to become a natural habit.
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Postby Dolly » Fri Jan 06, 2006 10:24 am

wow, I'm getting some really great information here, thanks everyone!
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Postby carlton » Fri Jan 06, 2006 11:25 am

Yes I agree with hushpuppy. It takes about 6 weeks to break a habit.
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