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How long does it take to create a habit?

You may have heard 28 days.

Or 56.

Or “as long as it takes”.

But what if it’s a habit you only do once a year?

I’ve submitted by tax return on time for twenty years straight.

You could argue it’s a habit.

But it wasn’t created in 28 days or 56.

I’ve driven to Bakewell and back several times a week to pick up my two older sons since we moved to Macc over eight years ago.

Thousands of times.

When Oli passes his driving test in four years time, I won’t still keep blindly doing it because I’ve done it for so long.

How quickly did you create the habit of watching your favourite programme?

Probably came from watching the first episode?

I’d wager all your most consistent habits over the years were created pretty quickly yeah?

You didn’t need to force yourself to do them for 28 or 56 days for them to ‘stick’, did you?

I’ve heard it said that 80% of the formation of a habit comes from the pleasure you get doing that thing.

Don’t like it and it doesn’t matter how many times you do it, it’ll never become a habit.

Absolutely love it and it can become a habit immediately.

Success comes from creating skilful processes and committing to them.

And there’s nothing less skilful than using willpower to try and force yourself to do something you don’t want to do.

So, the better questions you could ask are the same as for the willpower section;

1. Am I enjoying this?

2. How could I enjoy it more?

3. Why am I avoiding what I’d enjoy more?

Much love,

Jon ‘Nun’ Hall

P.S. Our members often comment that what we do is the first time they’ve ever enjoyed any form of exercise (and changes to their eating). Apply now at www.myrise.co.uk/apply if you like the sound of that

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RISE in Macclesfield was established in 2012 and specialise in Group Personal Training weight loss programmes for those that don’t like the gym and find diets boring and restrictive!

About The Author

Jon Hall

When not helping people to transform their lives and bodies, Jon can usually be found either playing with his kids or taxi-ing them around. If you'd like to find out more about what we do at RISE then enter your details in the box to the right or bottom of this page or at myrise.co.uk - this is the same way every single one of the hundreds who've described this as "one of the best decisions I've ever made" took their first step.