Form a new habit in just 21 days Form a new habit in just 21 days

Form a new habit in just 21 days

Trends 29 June, 2016 María Alejandra Tavera


Living a life of well-being, achieving your dreams, and having successful social relationships are up to each one of us. The key is to prioritize what you would like to change and recognize the benefits that these changes will bring to your everyday life.

Javier Chávez, Coomeva Health Advisor.

It takes 21 days to eliminate or incorporate a new habit into your life.  It is possible -and easy- as long as you’re motivated, have the will, discipline, and commitment to do it, as well as a clear objective that you would like to achieve. You must decide how you want to live.

Coach Javier Chavez recommends that you first identify the routine you would like to change or add to your daily life, and that you visualize the well-being that this decision will bring to your life.  For example, by exercising every day you will be able to tone your body; exercise will give you more physical stamina, and will protect your heart. Learning a new language will provide you with professional opportunities and stimulate the left hemisphere of your brain. Smoking, on the contrary, will bring a lot of health problems and disease to your lungs.  You must thus identify what you would like to change or incorporate into your life.

“The first thing you need to do is recognize the habit that is harming you and you would like to change, or the habit you would like to incorporate to increase your well-being.  Visualize that new habit as your North, the goal to be attained. This will give more clarity to your aspirations”, declared Chavez, who affirms that creating an action plan, choosing a reminder of the benefits, measuring progress and celebrating the changes that these new practices bring to your life well help you motivate yourself, continue the process and give yourself new challenges to tackle. Another key lies in constantly repeating to yourself what it is that you want to achieve.

Our habits match the way we think, and if we change our mindset, we can change our habits.

Since time immemorian

William James, the founder of functional psychology, stated in an article called Habit that the mind can indeed be re-educated. “In very little time those new actions will become habits that hold an indisputable place in our lives, as they play a key role in an individual’s day today life: they simplify the necessary steps for us to achieve a determined result, they make those steps more adaptive and exact,  and they reduce fatigue.  Similarly, they require less of our conscious attention to be devoted to the execution of these actions, by rendering the behavior automatic and making it more fluent”, said James, one of the forefathers of modern psychology, who concluded that our way of thinking can be transformed in just 21 days.

The method, however, is only effective when an individual is constant, when his efforts are not intermittent during the process, according to Chavez. “Success is more difficult when there is no willpower, when individuals don’t incorporate 100% what they wish to achieve into their lives”.

So if you’re looking to change your mindset, start by prioritizing your needs.  Cultivate your patience, connect with and motivate yourself. This will all positively influence your way of thinking, and thus your actions and way of seeing things. Choose on which side you’d rather be living:  would you rather live in peace, happiness and fluidity? Or chaos sadness and anguish?

Start today

  1. Believe in yourself. Improve your self-perception. Visualize the person you wish to become. Get rid of any thoughts of self-defeat, and tell yourself that change is possible.

  2. Think positive and be realistic, so your mind will give you the drive and motivation to move forward.

Beware of your thoughts:  the mind is a faithful interpreter of what it perceives.  Repeating certain actions on a daily basis will result in forming a new habit. Choose what behavior you would like to incorporate and practice it.

Ideally, you should work on changing one habit at a time.

Keep in mind that the brain is a malleable organ and each new skill, or language that you learn, much like every new experience you live, will reconfigure the map of your brain.