Are you having a hard time bringing about change in your life? Maybe you’re trying to do too much at once. When we get the enthusiasm to make change, it’s a natural tendency to want to change everything right away! But change comes about little by little, habit by habit. Remember this simple 1-2-3 formula to keep yourself on track and to prevent biting off more than you can chew.

  • 1 = *one* new habit
  • 2 = *second* chances
  • 3 = *three* weeks to create a new habit

Let’s say you’ve resolved to be healthier. If so,

  • 1 = *one* new habit. Either cut back on snacks, start exercising, or drink more water. Pick one new habit at a time.
  • 2 = *second* chances. If you skip your morning jog one day, it’s OK. Get up and go the next day. Give yourself second chances (and third, fourth or fifth chances if you need them!)
  • 3 = *three* weeks to create a new habit. That’s right, it takes a minimum of 21 days to integrate a new habit into your life. So give yourself the time you need and once you’ve developed one new healthy habit, add one more.

Next time you’re feeling stuck on your change journey, use this simple formula to get yourself back on track!

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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and organizing eBooks.

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