“Man is made of ordinary things, and habit is his nurse”, said German poet and writer Friedrich Schiller. It means a settled tendency or usual behavior. Actually, we are somewhat slaves of habits. It’s difficult for the students to study during exam days who are not accustomed to it already. It’s very hard to leave that zinger or pizza when trying to lose weight. It’s not an easy task to get a job done when you are a die-hard procrastinator. Habits are like the strong-legged saint who shackled the Sinbad the Sailor with is legs. It takes time to get rid of a bad habit or
TIME REQUIRED FOR BUILDING A NEW HABIT … STUDY:
According to a study published in July 2009 in European Journal of Social Psychology, it takes, depending on person, circumstances, and behavior of an individual, in between 18 to 254 days to build or form a new habit, but on average it requires 66 days. So, the myth of forming a new habit in 21 days is not science backed.
While it’s hard to change major behavior there are obviously exists little things which can produce bigger results in the long-run. Some of these are mentioned below.
1. MEASURE YOUR WEIGHT … WEEKLY:
When last year I lost 13 kg of my weight in three months without going to gym even one time, I realized there are some things which are not emphasized enough in all the advice inculcated on the web or in the books. One of these less-known secrets is measuring your weight. Normal people never measure their weight even in years. They only give it a thought when they usually put on 25 to 30 kg of extra fat. You have to know about your standard weight. Track your weight just one time in a week and feel the difference in your behavior. Your knowledge of extra fat makes you worry to do something about it.
2. GRATITUDE JOURNAL:
I have mentioned this in another post also. Tonight when you retire to bed just grabbed a notebook and pencil and think about the activities or things tangible or intangible which you got or get involved during the day and you feel true gratitude for them. Just make a list of those things and write that you are grateful. Do it every night, you will feel the difference in a short period of time.
3. MAKE A CHANGE JAR:
Don’t fill your wallet’s pockets, small crockery, tables with coins. Or scatter your change here and there on the floor. Get a jar; drop all your change in it, save money and also free your mind.
4. DO ONE THING EVERYDAY WHICH SCARES YOU:
“He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life”, stated Emerson. Are you scared of talking with girls or asking something to a stranger, or going to social gatherings? Just perform one act in a day which scares you and you will kill your fear.
5. ONE HOUR TO LEARN:
Benjamin Franklin is the originator of 5-hour rule. It means you have to spare 5 hours a week, one hour a day for learning anything you want to learn, be it a new language, driving or writing. It’s the best method for mastering new skills.
Aasim Tasawar | Content Writer & Lawyer