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Chapter 10. The Flexibility Hand > SUCCESS CARD 50: Change Habits

SUCCESS CARD 50: Change Habits

When you want to change a habit, how long do you think it will take? Chances are that it will take much longer than you want. Most skills and behaviors take months and years to change. If you've ever hit a backhand in tennis or changed a diaper, you know how experienced you get with practice. If you've ever managed people or chaired a project, you know how much better you are the second time around. So the first key to changing habits is the honest awareness that it will take time. Research actually suggests that it takes from three to six months to change an old habit.

The next key is to have realistic expectations. Dieters are told that if they fall off for one meal, it's important not to just give up and eat chocolate chip cookies all day. They should get back on track the next day or even the next meal. No matter what change you're undergoing, allow yourself some imperfection. You will probably fail in some aspects, especially at first. In fact, studies of people who are successful at long-term change suggest that they just don't let themselves fall into the “all-or-nothing” trap. They monitor their behavior. They create incentives for themselves to stick to their goals. They also see difficulties as little detours rather than major washouts.


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