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Why 21 Days are essential in creating Good Habits ?
You may notice a bunch of articles on this site referring to the “28 day groove”, or it may say within the article – “do this for the next 28 days”. These articles are designed to motivate you to adapt good habits to ultimately create a more healthy lifestyle. How long does it take to form a habit? Many people have heard, it takes 21 days to create a habit. What they may not know is that it must be 21 days consecutively and that the longer you repeat something, the stronger the nerve networks that relate to that habit formation become. Brain circuits receive memory traces and produce neuroconnections and new neuro pathways only when they are bombarded for 21 days in a row.
This theory was first discovered by Dr Maxwell Maltz, a Plastic Surgeon and author of the bestseller “Psycho-Cybernetics”, when he observed that it took 21 days for amputees to cease feeling (phantom sensations) in the amputated limb. After further studies he discovered it took 21 days to create a new habit.
Since then, there have been numerous studies regarding how long does it take to form a habit and neurologically 21 days to create a habit has been confirmed. There is actually a chemical reaction in the brain when habit forming nerve networks are stimulated… our brain releases an addictive chemical every time that action (the habit) is performed. Note, this applies to a good habit or a bad habit, so awareness is key. Many things in our lives are habit forming that we may not be consciously aware of. For example, have you ever known a couple that bickers really often about the littlest things? This is a perfect example of unconscious habit forming. At some point the couple may have gone thru a rough spot or disharmony in the relationship and started arguing about something. If there is even 1 tiny argument per day for 21 days straight … bam … they’ve built an undesirable nerve network. They may not want to argue; however, every time they get into a similar situation an argument seems to come out of nowhere. In a case like this, learning how to respond instead of react is key. If this couple wanted to work on changing habits of reaction, arguing, etc, they would need to do the opposite for at least 21 days. If the bad habit is no longer nourished the nerve network associated with that habit will diminish and eventually die. The best thing to do in these types of situations is to replace the bad habit with good habits, such as taking a deep breath and relaxing your state of being before reacting and taking a moment to come from a calm and controlled response.
Most people who are interested in personal development are continually becoming more and more self aware. You may want to ask yourself the question:
Do I have any habits that are not currently serving my highest good?
What sort of good habits would elevate my state of being?
These questions can guide you to changing habits that are not working for you and developing good habits that are work for you and your personal development. Remember, habit formation requires 21 days straight. If you miss a day, just keep going until you’ve been doing the new behavior for 21 days in a row.
We, here at a Groove Temple, stand for helping people create a healthy lifestyle for themselves. The 21 days to create a habit theory is what fueled our motivation to create “The 28 Day Groove”. We knew the science said 21 days, and we also knew the longer you repeat something the stronger the nerve bundles become. Additionally, it is easy to compartmentalize activities in monthly chunks. So to be sure you are successful in your positive habit forming, we have chosen to institute “The 28 Day Groove”. We call it “The 28 Day Groove” because you are basically creating positive grooves in your consciousness and shaping a positively groovy healthy lifestyle.