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  • Mary Elizabeth Sieg-Weeks

21 Day Habit Challenge

Habits are “actions that are triggered automatically in response to contextual cues that have been associated with their performance,” according to a 2012 study published in the British Journal of General Practice.

How long does it take to form a habit? Most people will answer 21 days. This idea can be traced back to “Psycho-Cybernetics,” a book published in 1960 by Dr. Maxwell Maltz. He wrote: “These, and many other commonly observed phenomena, tend to show that it requires a minimum of about 21 days for an old mental image to dissolve and a new one to gel.”

Creating new habits can be a tricky thing. For the past couple years I have been on a growth journey. I have been transforming into the woman I wish to be. I have been creating new habits and letting some die in the wake. I decided to create a challenge for us all to participate in.

This 21 day habit challenge will be a jumping point in which we can change our lives one habit at a time. For example, my ideal day would involve me using my planner on a daily basis. For years I have struggled with the discipline needed to use any planner on a regular basis. During this challenge I am going to build the habit of using my planner as I get in and out of bed. I will start and end my day checking my planner so I know what I have done and what I still need to do.

During this challenge, I would like to challenge you as well. So, day 1 is to identify your habit and prepare to make it happen.

For me, the habit of checking my planner at the start and end of my day will be made easier by keeping it on my nightstand overnight. Today, I will clean off my night stand to create a place for it.

Tell me in the comments about what your ideal day would look like, what daily habit would get you toward that goal and what you need to do to prepare yourself to complete this habit each day.

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