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Make It or Break It…21 Days and No Fix for the New Year

Thankfully, we’re all healthy enough to be alive, breathing and reading a blog. But, honestly, it’s still been 21 days and no fix for the new year. How many times have you told yourself that you would no longer be a slave to any circumstance or behavior for the new year?

Exactly how many times did you pre-condition your mind for a challenge, no matter how daunting the fete? Did you also tell yourself that this time you will make it or break it, only to turn around and further convince yourself it’s okay to fail? All else has failed and you are sticking to the old you. Whomever doesn’t like it, phooey on them?

The fact is; it happens! Don’t perpetuate falsehoods stating that it doesn’t. That trick won’t work. It’s called a Jedi mind trick. Smile. Really, old habits are just hard to break.. PERIOD. When situations are tough, the human response is to revert to doing what we already know and feels comfortable and safe.

We have been told for years that a habit is formed by practicing something consecutively over a 21 day span. Many may have even heard of the popular fitness regime “21 Day Fix”. Is it even possible to break a habit in 21 days?

The fact is this, any classic behavioral pattern can be developed if repeated over a course of time. Have you ever stopped to think about how this could possibly work for everyone? Another interesting fact is how 2 people can have the very same objective and different outcomes within the same amount of time. Well, this is because we are all very different and thus, our brains adaptive levels vary.

The overall notion surrounding the process of how to break a bad habit in 21 Days is first recognized from a self-help book published in 1970 entitled “Psycho Cybernetics”. This book is a collection of supporting information based on personal experiences, but were not exactly clinical. The theory caught on and became popular opinion and later backed by forums such as “Reader’s Digest” in the early 80’s.

No matter the struggle, just in case you haven’t been fixed by the 21st day of your new attempt at breaking old habits; it may help all of us to keep in mind that it is a lot easier to make a habit then it is to break a habit. The simple explanation to that is, even though our pattern(s) can weaken without use, the will never go away. They can be reactivated with the slightest of provocation. The best way to counter this is with a new pattern. Form a new response to old urges. Remember, we’re all in this together. Here’s to next 21 Days and the better you!

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