Make a New habit - Takes time but worth it

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Hi all. How to make a new habit. It takes 30 days to create a new habit. It takes 10 days to get past the pull of our past and old habits.This takes a lot of energy to break through our old habits. Once we have been doing the new habit for 10 days we get into a phase where we are simply are resistant to doing The new habit. While it takes much less energy during these 10 days you still need to focus on the new habit. The last 10 days we get used to the new habit and it sticks with us.

After the 30 days it becomes routine. We have now created a new habit that is second nature for us. If we do one of these a month how different would our lives be?

Do not get discouraged. If you stop doing the new habit simply start again. You need to do it for 30 straight days to make it a lasting routine.

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  • Profile picture of the author monovax
    Very inspirational, as you say, once the habit is set you have it in your system.


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    • Profile picture of the author 1 Marketing
      And would you believe it... Today is my first day of starting this habit. From now on... "I won't worry just for today."
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  • Profile picture of the author PeteSafe
    Great post Robert. Once you have passed the 30 day mark the habit is now a natural response. I believe that we need to keep working on the 'habit' for a further 30-60 days before it is second nature.
    Hey we have to start somewhere.
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  • Profile picture of the author mastermoog
    Great post Robert,

    I have a few habits i would like to introduce into my life. So this approach looks to be perfect for me.

    Thank you,
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  • Profile picture of the author DukeNasty
    Here is a fitting quote:

    "Habit my friend, is practice long pursued, that at last becomes the man himself."

    BTW, thanks for the post!

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  • Profile picture of the author OmarKhan
    Very good post.

    I can't remember who said this but it's also very well written:

    "motivation gets us started, habit keeps us going."
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  • Profile picture of the author unlimited1
    very cool thanks

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  • Profile picture of the author Judy 0513
    I try to make a habit to go bed earlier and away from stay up
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark 2
    I have heard about these types of programs many times before.

    Is there any one sucessful who can share his experiences.
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  • Profile picture of the author
    Surely if one makes a good habit, it improves upon ones lifestyle and it also serves as an example for others. Making a good habit can be definitely hard but once it is done you can surely reap the fruits of it. It not only helps you in the short run but also in the long run...that was really nice.
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  • Profile picture of the author chinois
    Love this quote from Og Mandino's Ten scrolls
    "My actions are ruled by appetite, passion, prejudice, greed, lust, fear, environment, habit; And the worst of these tyrants is HABIT. Therefore, I must be a slave to good habits."

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    • Profile picture of the author MarkMilan
      I've actually started a morning routine one month ago. Basically, I wake up, do some exercise, wash, and then eat breakfast. While I don't think it's now an unbreakable habit given that I've done it for a month, I have been doing it almost on autopilot, which wasn't the case when I started. However, I still get the odd thought in the morning, that I cannot be bothered or whatnot. Still, it's well worth doing it; my productivity has definitely increased.

      With every month from now on I intend to establish a new habit until I'm satisfied with my daily routine. I think it's important to take it slowly, because I've tried to build up a huge routine too quickly before, only for it to collapse and for me to sink back into my old, undirected routine.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anelly
    I find it difficult to change my habit. I don't know what it could motivate myself.
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    • Profile picture of the author mixelplik
      I've actually lost 40 pounds following this advice. I exercise 7 days a week now and I look like a completely different person! It seems corny but it is so effective. Try it, you won't regret it!
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  • Profile picture of the author A8ch
    Very informative thread. Goes to show that we have the capability to remake ourselves. It begins with the desire to change, followed by a clearly defined image of how we want the final state to look.

    After that, it's simply a matter of getting to work reforming our habits to effect the change. Seems to me a 30-day time investment is a tiny sacrifice to make for such lasting benefits.

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  • Profile picture of the author moonshane
    Nice thread, very informative! I love the thought that if you keep on doing new things on a span of 30 days, on a regular basis you can do another habit!
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    • Profile picture of the author MovingAhead
      I've heard at one lecture that it only takes 20 days to form a habit.

      But I guess it's not about the numbers, be it 20, 30 or 60 days.

      A habit becomes a habit when you do something without thinking about it.
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      • Profile picture of the author Liam Hamer
        I have always firmly believed in the saying 'We are creatures of habit'. The timeframe you outline there sounds pretty accurate. We sometimes don't question our bad habits, because it's easier not to. Getting rid of the bad habits and creating good ones is a great step to success
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  • Profile picture of the author Shariyf Clark
    Setting new habits is fairly easy. The challenge is overcoming the resistance that bounces us back into the old behavioral patterns we're seeking to abandon. It certainly helps to mentally rehearse this new pattern you're working on, looping it in your mind and visualizing it in first person perspective (seeing yourself performing the actions through your eyes as opposed to watching yourself doing it from outside of your body, if that makes sense). New habits every 30 days sounds like fun and a pretty good challenge.
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  • Profile picture of the author clubvikram
    Very true ,actually from what i have read and experienced it takes 21 days to form a new habit. very recently i gave up a bad habit of mine,i was addicted to watching too much TV.After returning from office my rest of time was like a couche potato till late in night.
    though i enjoyed it but my family suffered and i also did not get any mental peace as lots of invaluable time which could be utilized by spending with family and learning new things which could help my career.
    one day i decided that i would not watch any TV on week days and on week ends it will be restricted.though in start it was tough but finally i achieved it!!!!!
    Now working towards getting up early in morning,till now no success.i hope to achieve it soon.
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    • Profile picture of the author Gardenbella
      I read once that if you are changing an old habit you have to add something in its place and not leave a vacuum. For instance if you are going to stop smoking you need another way to sooth yourself such as taking a bath or getting massage.
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  • Profile picture of the author xc-mikey
    Steve Pavlina has a great blog entry about this.

    It's called 30 days to success

    He describes a few trials that he did such as switching to vegetarian which was a success and then others which failed. It was a reasonable goal and more often than not he suceeded.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vincelog
    30 days challenge is what I use to create new habits too. It does helps but make sure you doesn't just stop at 30 days. Or else the 30 days challenge will not serve its purpose.


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  • Profile picture of the author kanenala
    This is awesome I can't wait to give it a try thanks.
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    • Profile picture of the author dsanchez
      I believe 30 days should be sufficient time to get used to a new habit.

      I'm working on a new one myself right now; so Thanks for this thread you guys.

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  • Profile picture of the author rojo
    I agree that most of the times you have to go way beyond the 30 days to really make something sort of part of your nature. I had lost many "30 days great habits" because I did not keep the new habit on check for a couple months.

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  • Profile picture of the author mark z
    That`s right, robertvance.
    Thanks for sharing.

    I like the way Earl Nightingale calls for 30-day test at the end of his Strangest Secret message:
    "Start today. You have nothing to lose -- but you have your whole life to win."
    How wonderfully said.
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  • Profile picture of the author THY
    It can be tough...But it can be done. It's a matter whether we want to do it in the first place.
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