You may have heard the phrase, “It takes 21 days to change a habit.”
My philosophy is that it actually takes 33 consecutive days of repeating the same thing over and over – either good or bad, to change and form a new habit.
Are you wondering why 33 instead of 21 days?
The 33-Day New Habit Forming Theory
We are creatures of habit and function in a society where everything is measured by “time.” This means – we know and understand seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks and months. The most days in a month are 31. If we continue a new routine for over 33 consecutive days, we have done it for over an entire month and are already into the next month. Most think and feel, “If I can do it for a month or even over a month, I wonder if I can repeat this for the next 33 days,” thus placing the new programming into action for the third month.
You see, our subconscious mind is designed to function in conditioned ways. Like the original blueprint you designed when you started a habit. When that particular habit gave you a sense of calmness, support, or whatever feeling it helped you feel, it became part of your blueprint.
Since one month is at least 31 days, if you were to stop it at 21, your subconscious mind would wonder, “What do I do with the rest of the 7-8 days”? It works for a while, but if the full cycle is not complete, it falls short – thus, you revert to the old habits.
It is quite simple; instead of coming short in the month (21 days), you have accomplished something you did not believe was imaginable. While your entire thought process was to do something for 33 days continually, the pressure and the discomfort of “possible failure” is lifted …and by the second month, the new habit is formed! Bingo! You’ve succeeded and conquered the old habit.
Saying to yourself: “I did it” – “it worked”! Success feeds success! And what is “it”? It is YOU. You have had the Power Within all along. For some unknown reason, if this method does not work, we then use hypnosis to discover what other underlying blocks have been lingering within your subconscious mind in need of change.
We work to help you feel better, drop negative habits, and begin your new lifestyle of wellness in mind and body. If the intent and the desire are present, then Change is easily achieved!
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