We’re more than halfway through January, and the party’s over. The holiday binge expired, the hangover wore off and we’re left without excuses for gluttonous behavior. Consequently, we turn to the resolution bandwagon. January is traditionally considered to be the perfect time to create change. Unfortunately, real change rarely lasts.
Making change stick requires more than eight-minute abs, Nicorette gum or the South Beach Diet. True change doesn’t allow for shortcuts. It calls for willingness, commitment and repetition. The key element to making change stick is a 30-day practice of repeating new behavior. It’s this month-long repetition that will allow you to truly make your desired change stick. Indeed, neurobiological studies show that 30 days of repeating new behavior reprograms your brain by reversing neural pathways. It’s this reversal that changes your patterns and behaviors, and therefore your life.
If you’re inspired to create permanent change, keep it simple and commit to repeating your new behavior for the next 30 days. If you’ve already broken your resolution, don’t beat yourself up. You can begin again today! Each day offers new opportunities to learn and grow. Begin your 30-day practice now and make your resolutions stick!
Gabrielle Bernstein is the author of “Spirit Junkie.”
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