21 Days To Habit Change

Did you know that habit change takes 21 days?

We all have things that we would like to change but usually, for results to change, we need to have habit change.

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Habit Change

Think about a concert pianist playing out his favorite tune with an orchestra behind him. Adrenaline is high and the crowd is fully engaged and silent.

With beads of sweat streaming down his forehead the pianist hammers the piano by strumming his hands across the ivory keys…

He’s moving so fast it seems it impossible that he could play so flawlessly…

yet he does.

so how does he do it?

He created a habit… He created habit change

Habit Change At A Basic Level

When we’ve created a habit for success.. it seems to come effortlessly.

So how do we create it?

We must consciously decide to act a certain way for at least 21 days.

Anyone can create habit change by simply consciously deciding to do something differently for that time.

When I was a kid I used to shoot hockey right-handed..

I had a pretty good shot if I say so myself but never actually owned my own hockey stick.

When playing with friends, they usually only had left handed sticks..

what happened?

I literally trained my body to want to shoot left-handed. To this day even the thought of shooting right-handed feels weird.

when I pick up a stick, I’ll always hold it on the left (even if it’s a righty stick)

I don’t remember the exact moment when shooting left handed became “natural”, but it did and it’s stuck with me.

What if that’s all it takes?

In my studies of human nature and success I’ve noticed that people often form self-sabotaging habits when it comes to self-talk and negativity..

What if the course of your entire life could be changed by a 21 day decision to react differently?

A 21 Day Habit Change Challenge

For the next 21 days, I challenge you to create habit change in your life.

Do you want to be stronger? (physically or mentally)

Do you want to get more accomplished?

Do you want to become more confident?

create a structure or approach you will follow for the next 21 days that you KNOW will lead to your desired result.

From there… STICK TO IT.

You’ll be glad you did because…

although the concert pianist had to think about the notes he was playing when he first started… he now can play more beautifully than ever without thinking.

Are you ready to play your masterpiece?

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28 thoughts on “21 Days To Habit Change

  1. cshumaker1974

    Good advice Andrew! I’m up for the challenge. It sure can be scary, but discipline and seeing something through is the only way motivation can be obtained. Nice article. I enjoyed the read.

  2. innermindreading.comM'reen

    Personally I think that is a load of rubbish. I can understand that your neurons take 21 days to learn and retain a skill, but a habit is generally something different that is often linked to an emotion and therefore is quite a different thing altogether.

    1. Robert

      I totally agree. More studies show that, on average, it actually takes about 66 days, not 21 – and even so, studies show it might be a different number for every single person.

  3. faithgift

    Very nice. Many pe o people don’t keep it going give up too soon. Nothing in life easy but if it’s worth it you need focus persevere and go for your dream

  4. Kate Spyder

    Very interesting that you state 21 days. I’ve read where it takes 12 iterations of performing a new action you wish to become a habit that would replace what is perceived as a bad habit, if you miss one iteration by ending up doing the habit you want to replace then you have to start all over again counting once you have successfully performed the desired new habit 12 times without fail then it will have become a new habit. I haven’t actually been successful at proving that but it has given me the incentive to at least try to change some of those habits I wish to break or replace with better ones. I can however see where this could take longer than 21 days and actually has with me.

    I also have to disagree about using the piano player as an example, I took lessons, I practiced for hours, it is not a habit change that allows someone to play so flawlessly. There are many variables that differentiate a mediocre musician from the masters. Master Musicians learn to 1) practice for hours so the music becomes a part of them and flows from them and not just played upon an instrument 2) to continue playing as if they made no mistakes at all. I once had a musician tell me that the key to a flawless performance is to not let the audience be aware of your mistakes. In my opinion this is not habit change this is their life.

    1. Andrew Hines Post author

      Hey Kate, lots of great points here. Yes, I agree.. I would likely have trouble playing a concert on piano in 21 days. You hit the nail on the head with that. 21 days is the theory for simple actions and the pianist is the analogy. Malcom Gladwell says it takes 10,000 hours to attain a level of mastery in anything. There’s a ton of evidence to support it. However, once you’ve attained your level of performance, you could apply the 21 day theory to learning and memorizing new pieces of music. thanks for pointed out the weakness in my analogy. Will help me to improve for next time! :)

  5. fujoshipeanut

    Hmm, maybe if I train myself spartan style, I might get my performance exam perfect (or at least almost perfect!). I don’t have 21 days thought- awkward…

  6. aaroneharris

    Good post. I have heard about the 21 day rule many times. But this time, I am going to make a habit change. I just looked at over at my girlfriend and said, “Hey let’s change one of our bad habits.” She said, “Okay. Let’s do laundry more often and put the clothes away as soon as the dryer turns off.” So that will be our new habit. :-) I’ll follow up with you in 21 days to let you know if it worked.

  7. waitingsoulmate

    i really have plans on doing the 21-day-habit-change. 
    It’s nice to read blogs that encourage to push you more on what you want to do.
    love your blog:)

  8. katwalk65

    I found you because I think you found my blog and I have to say this is my favorite of your recent posts. I like the positivity and the simplicity (I read a lot of material in probably too cursory a way so the fact that I absorbed some of it is big) — it would be cool to grow it as some kind of game or ongoing story event…

    1. Andrew Hines Post author

      good point! would definitely be great for getting people engaged and thinking about it in their own lives. Will think about that one a bit more and figure out the best way to implement. Thanks for sharing :)

  9. fikayo

    This is nice. I’ve been trying a new writing schedule. I’ll try this 21 day rule to help me balance work and passion of writing. thanks

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