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Saving Your New Year’s Goals

Saving Your New Year’s Goals

Do you have New Year’s Goals? New Year’s best intentions have already fallen by the wayside for 80% of people. Part of the reason for that is the myth that a habit takes 3 weeks and you’re home free. I’m not sure if many of the 21-Day challenges tease you based on that premise or not. I’ve been writing about this myth of the 3-week habit change since 1987. It’s a lie. Like rumors that flew around in middle and high school, this one has been so perpetuated that no one even challenges it any more. A habit is documented in science as requiring an average of 66 days to change. That’s whether your making one or breaking one, and so often what you want to do requires both, doesn’t it? In order to be at your optimal weight and energy, you have to start eating more vegetables and stop eating bars, and processed foods. In order to get toned and complete your first 5k, you have to start walking and lifting weights when you ordinarily watch TV. Do you believe it takes 3 weeks – even when you’ve l