A Whole Year in 21 Days

New Years resolutions posts, and New Years goals blog posts were all over the blogosphere at the end of the year. It seems like everyone was talking about making 2010 better; setting new goals, or themes (I liked this one by Chris Brogan) to make this year a productive one.

One of the things I found most interesting is almost everyone referenced failure. It’s pretty much a forgone conclusion that most folks don’t achieve New Years resolutions. It’s a crying shame really, I’ve been guilty of this failure myself.

All of this failure talk reminded me of the 21 days to create a habit theory. Max Maltz suggested in his book, Psycho Cybernetics, that habits are formed in 21 days.

“Brain circuits take engrams (memory traces), and produce neuroconnections and neuropathways only if they are bombarded for 21 days in a row. This means that our brain does not accept “new” data for a change of habit unless it is repeated each day for 21 days” (without missing a day).

There are 356 days in a year. That’s a lot of days. It seems to me, if you made a New Years resolution, you might just to think about it in terms of 21 days. Be sickly devoted to the goal every single day for 21 days, the habit will form and the remaining 344 days will seem like a cake walk.

I’m going to give this a try. Like most things, success comes from tackling the pieces, not attacking the whole pie in one bite.

What are your goals this year? If you try this let me know how it works out. I’d be curious.

A year is a longtime. 21 days, I can get my arms around that.

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