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6 tricks to break or create habits

There has always been a search for a magic recipe to achieve goals without effort, some say that victory comes after 66 days.

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As a child I imagined that I had powers that would help me in key moments, such as making myself invisible and playing pranks on my sister or listening to "the big conversations" completely unnoticed.

I could also fly (one of my favorite powers) but of all of them there was one that I liked best because with it I could enjoy and do a lot of things: stop time.

Now that the strength is gone (not quite, haha!), They don't know how to miss the opportunity to pause time and turn back when I regret not doing something that I just felt out of fatigue or Its had suggested. stuck "with more things.

However, we may all have the opportunity not to turn back time to avoid remorse, but to practice the technique of turning habits into routine.

How often do you make a promise to exercise and just can't? This is a common situation, and scholars say that a habit that repeats itself a certain number of times becomes a routine, and therefore a lifestyle, in which you "automatically" perform a certain activity without thinking and forgetting to regret later . to stop.

There is no magic number that tells you "after a certain time you will make it", there are scholars who say it can be 21, 66 or 84 days, it all depends on the motivation that drives you, to repeat the action. Much also depends on the results you get, because we always want everything right away, we don't know how to wait (it seems to me that tolerance and patience are a habit that many should practice) and to see that if we do not want the result, we deceive ourselves and justify giving up the habit.

Jeremy Dean, author of the book Making Habits, Breaking Habits (Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don't, and How to Make Change) explains that a habit takes an average of 66 days to develop to develop, but as I mentioned in the previous paragraph it depends on the task. For example, if they're easy it can take 20 or 21 days, but if it's something that requires more effort, such as exercising every day, it can take up to 84 days.

Taking into account Dean's theory, he suggests a number of steps to create / break habits:

1. A little is a lot. Focus on modest changes, you don't want to change anything big because you end up sabotaging yourself. Make the change manageable.

2. Be objective. Be firm about what you want to change, but be realistic at the same time; Understand the difficulties that may come and how you will not give up.

3. Repeat. Nothing is as "magical" as repeating what you want to form a new habit.

4. Don't hold back. Often we try to suppress thoughts in order to "forget" them, but obviously the opposite always happens. For example, if you want to quit smoking and don't think about cigarettes, all of a sudden you will see cigars everywhere.

5. Replacement. Instead of suppressing it, replace that habit with something else you want to break; For example, if you're one of those people who moves your foot out of control instead of thinking about not moving it, you'd better get up and walk for a minute whenever you feel the urge.

6. Confirm. Creating a habit has to do with your self-control and commitment. Think that as long as you can do it, you will be doing something good for yourself.

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