We often hear that to change something in your life, and especially to change a habit, you need 21 days. Is it a reality or is it just a belief? In this article, we are going to answer how to break a habit in 21 days.
Well, that depends on your hard work. There are many theories about the time of changing a bad habit. But always remember your will power is the most important!
What you can do is follow a strategy to make this happen. For example, you can follow the 4 phases described below.
The 4 phases are as follows:
1. The Euphoria Phase
This is the phase we call the Wow phase! In this phase, the enthusiasm is high. It is because of a hormone called Dopamine. Dopamine usually regulates attention and learning responses.
But unfortunately, after a few days, the effect of the hormone starts fading away. And your enthusiasm towards the new habit will start reducing. Your main job starts from here.
2. The Phase of Resistance to Change
This is where your little inner voices come between you and your habit. In this phase, changing the habit becomes harder. Your mind and body will not cope with your plan.
It is that moment when you will have to hold tight to your determination. This is the time where you have to take control of your self. Once you pass this phase, forming a new habit becomes easy.
3. The Transformation Phase
After a few days, you will begin to recognize the benefits of change. For example, a pair of shoes begin to get used to. The visible changes will make you excited and more inspired.
4. The Phase Of Sustainable Change
Once it becomes a routine, you are ready to acquire the new habit.
So, What Should You Do During These Four Phases?
The main thing you need is strong will power. And then there are several things you can follow in these 21 days, such as-
- Extensive research– Before starting a new habit, adequate knowledge is a must. Read, analyze and think about it. If you are going to face any difficulties, you should be ready to overcome it.
- Focus– Focus is the key to make a habit. Doesn’t matter how attached you are to your habit, a strong focus will help to break it.
- Ability to Accept: Bad habits are bad- you have to accept it. When someone says your habit is bad- don’t deny. Accept it and focus to change it.
- Help from outside- Help from outside can help a lot. Whether it’s a friend or a relative- whoever it may be. Others can help you motivate, inspire and help to change your habit.
- Set a smaller goal- Don’t try to do it all at once. Make smaller goals. Achieving a smaller goal will eventually motivate you towards a greater one.
- Reward yourself- Upon completing a phase or a goal, reward yourself. For example, after taking a certain amount of calories for a week, keep a cheat day. Treat yourself with something you like to eat.
No one is saying it will be easy to change a habit in 21 days. But not impossible at all. All you need is a little strategy and some courage and will. And you can break any habit by following the above-mentioned 4 phases.
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