Summer Shape-Up #6: How to turn bad habits into good ones in 21 days

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Lorri Ann Code is the founder of Mama Bootcamp
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By Lorri Ann Code of Mama Bootcamp

Your challenge this week is to create a new healthy habit (or break an old unhealthy one). Here's a great article on the topic:

"Research has proven that it takes 21 days to form a habit. Habits are an essential part of our life, without them we would fail in most things we try to accomplish. They help us to reach specific goals, stay focused along the way and keep on pushing when the going gets tough. At the same time, non-supportive habits can keep us from moving forward or even hurt our well-being. As Dr. Andrew Weil says, anything you do with repetition and emotion will become your reality. If you're not satisfied with your current experience, examine your habits.

Athletes know too well how important it is to stick to habits, especially in training. But most people struggle with their day-to-day practice of habits and if you are one of them, fret no more. You too can change your bad habits into good ones.  Just take 21 days and you will be well on your way to becoming a changed person.

Whether it's practicing personal journaling or learning how to play the violin, developing good habits takes time. The problem for most people is that they actually try to attack their issues with too much fervor in the beginning, and then give up if they don't see instant results.

I can't recount how many times I have tried to lose weight in the past. The problem though was in me simply trying and not doing. It's kind of a wishful thinking phenomena where we wish for the best but fail in the actual doing part of the whole situation. Please feel free to use the suggestions below to help you get on track and use the next 21 days to form a new habit.

The 21 Day Habit Practice

1. Be clear on your intentions - First of all, you will need to be clear on your intentions. Do you really want to play the violin? or was this wish merely conceived when your best friend showed you their instrument.

2. Write down your intentions - Once you are absolute certain you want to follow through with this, here is what you do. First write down your intentions. It is important you use positive affirmations to write these goals.

3. Identify the reasons behind your goal - It helps if you can identify your why. Why do you want to play the violin, lose weight, run a marathon, etc. The bigger your conviction, the easier it will be be for you to make the transition.

4. Distract yourself from negative diversions - Create diversions to help you stay on track. If there is a specific weakness you battle that stops you from progressing and practicing every day, try to find ways to distract you from the negativity. It will help to keep you on track. Total honesty with yourself goes a long way here.

5. Celebrate your accomplishments - Celebrate each step, regardless how tiny it is. You need all the help you can get to keep motivated. It also helps to enlist the support of friends or family members. People who can motivate you to keep on going.

6.Stay clear of negative people - There will be those who try to sabotage you. This doesn't even have to be intentional. It could evolve from a negative statement aimed at you, or even a deep rooted belief you had since you can remember. Any trigger that could bring this out should be avoided.

Use the following tools to help you on your 21 day mission
Positive affirmations are a great tool to keep you mentally stimulated. Practice them daily by saying "I am thankful for having lasted another day". Before long, the 21 days are over and your new habit is cast in stone - or close to.

You can also use the power of gratitude quotes or pictures to keep you visually empowered. Stick them on your fridge, in your office, next to your bed, in the bathroom or wherever you will be reminded that it only takes 21 days to form a habit."

SOURCE: http://www.iamthankful.com/science/21-days-to-form-a-habit-you-can-do-it

More about Lorri Ann Code:

Lorri Ann Code is the owner and founder of Mama Bootcamp (http://www.mamabootcamp.com). She is also a certified life and career coach, a certified fitness trainer and Pilates instructor, and a clean eating expert. She specializes in helping mothers achieve their highest potential in wellness and fitness through her personalized training, clean eating for optimal health and energy, and life coaching services.

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