66 Days Hard Mode Log Start Date: 1-1-2017 | End Date: 7-3-2017 (Scientists Say It Only Takes 66 Days To Change Your Life, If You’re Strong Enough) [Source: http://elitedaily.com/life/motivation/need-stop-bad-habit-need-66-days/784244] Be Obnoxious (Days 1- 22) Shout about it. Tell your friends, family and coworkers you are on a mission. Enlist them as officers to patrol when you're slipping back into your old ways or not keeping up on your new ones. Tell them you want them to yell at you, bother you and constantly remind you. Add extra pressure on yourself. The pressure of disappointing other people and going back on your word will make it that much harder to go back to your old ways. Because sometimes it’s easier to disappoint ourselves than it is other people. Self-Analyze (Days 22- 44) Take a good look at your life. This is the time to really dig deep and do some soul-searching. What do you want in life? Why are you doing this? How do you want to represent yourself? Whether you're quitting a bad habit or picking up a healthier one, get to the core of why you're doing this and how it's going to affect your life. If you can find that reason buried deep in your unconscious, you will be able to carry out these 66 days much easier. You will have an internal force pushing you. Find The Light (Days 44- 66) The third stage is the final push. As far as you've come, you still have to make it these last 22 days. It's easy to burn out, get tired and forget why you are doing this. It’s easy to revert to your old ways because, up to this point, you have yet to rid yourself of the habit. At this stage, you must find something to hold on to. Something that will that push you to that final goal. It’s the last 22 days that prove how strong and willing you really are. At this point, it’s about seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s about realizing that though you can’t see the other end, you can still see glimpses of it. Treat Yo’ Self (66 +) The only way to solidify the end of an old habit or the birth of a new one is to celebrate it. Throw a party, have some champagne, shout it from your Brooklyn rooftop. Make a day of it or call up your friends and have a swanky dinner party. If it’s a habit people have been hoping you would break they will be more than willing to celebrate with you. Who knows, you can even make it a yearly tradition. (It takes 66 days to break a bad habit. Here’s how to get started) [Source: https://qz.com/867714/how-to-break-a-bad-habit-for-good] Days 1-10: Look inward It’s usually pretty obvious which bad habits are causing the most problems in your life—the ones that keep coming up in performance appraisals or sparking arguments with your spouse. Once you’ve identified a habit to change, the real challenge lies in understanding your triggers—and that can be harder than it sounds, especially if the habit has become so ingrained that you do it subconsciously. If you give it enough thought, you’ll get to the bottom of it. Maybe you keep getting tickets for speeding, and you realize that you drive too fast when you leave work in a bad mood, or maybe you snack when you’re stressed. Looking inward to explore the source of the habit you’re trying to break makes breaking that habit possible. The first 10 days of trying to break the habit will provide substantial insight into the source of the habit, should you choose to look. Days 11–40: Spread the word Accountability is crucial in breaking bad habits. In this stage, you create a very vocal accountability network by telling everybody you can about the habit you’re trying to break, and the more vocal you are about it, the more likely people are to call you out when you slip up. Let them know that you really want them to say something. Just remember that you might have to keep reminding them—it’s just as easy for them to forget and backslide as it is for you to do so. Days 41–66: Mind your relapse triggers As you head for the home stretch, be ready to make some mistakes—it happens to everybody. Just be on the lookout for common threads running through those mistakes. If you tend to relapse in a certain situation, you’d be smart to avoid that trigger completely until you feel that your bad habit is really extinguished. Keeping your triggers from surprising you when it feels like you’ve kicked the habit is typically the difference between success and failure this late in the process. Day 67: Reward yourself Sure, you could say that breaking the habit is its own reward, but why pass up an opportunity to celebrate? Just don’t celebrate by indulging in the habit you worked so hard to break. You should also use this opportunity to reflect and select the next habit you’re going to break.