66 Days to a New You

Researchers at the University College of London asked the question, “How long does it take to establish a new habit?” They were looking for “that moment” when a new behavior becomes automatic, engrained, and part of the “new you.”

They asked a group of students to take on a new exercise and diet program for a period of time that monitored their progress. The results suggest that it takes an average of 66 days to acquire a new habit.

“Self-help-quickie-gurus” tend to say that it takes 21-days to make a change or start a new habit, but modern science does not back that up.

Here’s my one big idea for you: Take on one habit, just one. Decide on the right one, then give yourself all the time you need and apply all the discipline you can summon to develop it.

More good news… 

Australian researchers have found people who successfully acquire one positive habit reported:

  • Less stress
  • Less impulsive spending
  • Better food choices
  • Decreased alcohol consumption
  • Less screen time
  • Cleaner living conditions
Here are three powerful tools for building new habits:
1. Build one habit at a time
Super successful people aren’t super-human. They are simply disciplined. 
2. Give each habit 66-days to develop
There will be challenges and setbacks but keep going. It’s important to keep your eye on the prize.
3. Remember, we form our habits and our habits form us
If you are what you repeatedly do, then achievement isn’t an action you take but a habit you forge into your life.

When will your 66-days begin?

Here’s to a new you!
~ Steve

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About the Author

Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based leadership development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly-sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a list of clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks, Pandora Radio, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, the Ritz Carlton group, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.

A published author on leadership and emotional intelligence, Steve resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren.