The Ugly Truth About Habits

I have been learning about goal setting and habits through our Pastor at church.  He has been doing a series on how we can change our circumstances, and lives.  Anyway, two weeks ago he talked about habits.

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According to research (I’m paraphrasing his point), it takes 66.6 days of doing a behavior (in a row), before it is a habit.  67 days is a LONG time to practice something before you actually feel like doing it naturally.

That means for me, before photography practice becomes a habit, I need to do it 67 days in a row.  So, that’s what I’m going to do.  The good news, is research also suggests the expected practice each day should be 2 minutes or less  (And expanded on over time).

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Previously til now, I have been practicing whenever I feel like it, am free, don’t have a crying child attached to me, and Law & Order is NOT on (which is never), so I practice never.  Basically.

This research was hard for me to hear, because as a recovering quitter, I don’t want to try that hard at anything.  Ever.  But, I can do anything for 2 minutes.  So today I am starting my 67 day journey to gain the habit of practicing photography.

 

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