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Chapter 9: From Unbearable To Unstoppable
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” — Jim Rohn
Your life is mostly created by your habits. So if you don’t control your habits, they control you. Establishing good habits seems to be one of the most important factors to having a great life.
But we are addicted to old habits, and changing them is painful. People don’t like to make new habits, because they don’t know what to expect.
How long does it take to establish a new habit? It is possible to establish a new habit in 30 days. However, this can only be done if you have a good strategy.
What’s a good strategy for establishing new habits? First, you must have an understanding of how habit formation works over time. Habit formation follows these steps:
Days 1-10 - Unbearable - This is the most difficult part of the process. You must force yourself to wake up in the morning and create the habit.
Days 11-20 - Uncomfortable - You will be used to waking up in the morning. However, it will still feel uncomfortable to do so. Keep your motivation high to stick to the habit.
Days 21-30 - Unstoppable - At this point, you have most likely established the habit. However, during this time it is very important to stick to the habit, as it is still easy to break.