95% of everything you do is a result of your habits whether they’re helpful or hurtful. How long does it take to develop a habit? It can be of any length from a single second to several years. Emotions that accompany the decision to begin acting in a particular way are attached to the pain you would feel if you don’t change. When the doctor says that if you don't get your weight down and improve your physical condition, you're in danger of a dying at an early age; psychologists refer to this as a significant emotional experience.
They may create a habitual behavior pattern which may endure for the rest of a person's life. For example, putting your hand on a hot stove or catching a live electrical wire will give you an intense and immediate pain or shock experience in a split second but for the rest of your life you will have a habit of not putting your hand on a hot stove.
According to the experts, it takes 21 days to break or form a habit pattern of medium complexity. Simple habits such as getting up earlier at a specific time, exercising each morning before you start, listening to podcasts in your car, going to bed at a certain hour, being punctual for appointments, planning every day in advance or completing your task before you start something.
These are the habits of medium complexity that can be quite easily developed in 14 to 21 days to practice. Proven methodology has been determined for new habit development which is very much like a recipe. You can use it to develop any habit you desire over time you will find it easier to incorporate. You must decide on the behavior which is required. For example, if you decide to arise early and exercise each morning, set your clock or a specific time and when the alarm goes off, immediately get up.
Never allow an exception to your new habit pattern during the formative stages. Don’t make excuses or rationalization. If you decide to get up at 6 each morning, discipline yourself to get up at 6 a.m. every single morning. Tell others that you're going to begin practicing a particular behavior. It’s amazing how much more disciplined and determined you will become when you know that others are watching you to see if you have the willpower to follow through on your resolution. Visualize yourself performing or behaving in a particular way in a particular situation.
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