Did you make a new year’s resolution this year? Have you already slipped up and broken it once or twice? Have other people made you feel bad about it and you’re considering giving up on it all together? Don’t give up just yet!
Studies suggest it takes MONTHS to form a new habit so don’t count yourself out after one or two slips, you still have plenty of time to start the new year off with a successful resolution!
Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolution
Many people believe that it takes 21 days to form a habit. This is thanks to Maxwell Maltz, a plastic surgeon who introduced the idea.
However, that theory is not true!
According to a study conducted by Phillippa Lally at the University of London, it takes approximately 66 days before new behaviour becomes automatic. But even then, this greatly varies for most people.
The same study states that it can take anywhere from 18 days to 254 days to form a new habit depending on the person. They also found that not participating in the habit for a day did not affect the habit formation process.
So don’t worry, just because you haven’t perfected your new habit and succeeded with your resolution yet doesn’t mean there isn’t time – you still have all of year to succeed!
Not sure how to make your resolution stick? Try these tips from Like Hack!