Getting into the habit of it…
There is a popular belief that it takes 21 days to form a habit. The idea started from the observations of a plastic surgeon, Dr Maxwell Maltz, in the 1950s. It really took hold once his 1960 book, Psycho-Cybernetics, became a hit with over 30 million copies sold.
In that book is the sentence, "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 jell."
The key word in that phrase is 'minimum': as time moved on and self-help books flourished the concept of a habit requiring a minimum of 21 days became abbreviated to 'it takes 21 days'.
The reality is that there is no magic number and more recent studies into the concept of what it takes for something to become a habit put the average time requirement at more like 66 days, but there are a wide range of results with the variance based on many factors.
Whatever the time required to form a habit is, there are some factors that are important in order for that habit to form.
Here are Coracle's '3-Rs’ of successful habit forming:
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If you get into the habit of reading a few pages every morning, lunchtime or evening, it will soon feel strange if you don't read.
Habits are formed by repetition, so take small steps towards realistic goals. The Learning Line is an ideal way for you to manage your goals and as part of our commitment to helping you manage your goals we will soon be releasing a 'set your target' feature which will allow you to create definable targets that are rewarded with badges. Collecting these badges demonstrates your commitment and may win you a prize!
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