“Good habits happen when planned; bad habits happen on their own.” ~Grunburg
This Frequently Asked Friday throws it back to a core concept: How long does it take to develop a good habit?
(For more on this topic, check out Season 4’s What Is Habitstrength? and What’s the Best Way to Build a Good Habit?, and Season 2’s How Long Does it Really Take to Build a Good Habit?)
Building a good habit DOESN’T take a week, or 14 days, or the mythical 21 days some like to tout. The 21-day myth, in particular, gained traction thanks to its inclusion in Psycho-Cybernetics, by Dr. Maxwell Maltz, who said, “It usually requires a minimum of about 21 days to effect any perceptible change in a mental image.”
Newer research actually points to 66 days to create a habit, but even this isn’t a fixed number. What’s critical is hitting all three major components to building a habit (according to Stephen Covey in his 7 Habits of Highly Successful People): desire, knowledge, skill—or as we’ve tweaked the formula, the capacity to do the work.
Listen in to learn how PARR is the framework for creating a good new habit, what elements must be present, how the Habit Factor methodology breaks through all the myths, and how long it REALLY takes to build a good new habit.
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The Magic of Thinking BIG! (David Schwartz)
The Success Principles (Jack Canfield)
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