WHY DOES THE SHAKE IT OFF PROGRAM LAST FOR THREE WEEKS, AND WHAT ARE THE THREE MAJOR STEPS IN THIS LIFESTYLE CHANGE PROCESS?
As stated in the Introduction, research on different habits and dependencies has shown that a simple change of habit takes at least three weeks, with the option to extend it for a further three weeks. This is also why La Ferm’s Shake It Off Box and Challenge programs are scheduled for three weeks.
But that does not mean that only the “completion” of three weeks will change your habits and lifestyle – you must work actively and disciplined on it.
There are three important requirements for successful and sustainable behavior change:
- Your ATTITUDE about change (positive, neutral, or negative). You can do everything right in terms of the “how”, but if you are not committed to yourself in terms of the “why”, your chances are much slimmer. It has been found over and over that if someone tries to change a habit to please other people, it does not work sustainably. Therefore you have to be convinced of the reasons why you want to change.
- Your KNOWLEDGE on the topic, for example about the advantages / disadvantages of certain foods, or about different exercise / fitness programs. La Ferm and Shake It Off Websites provides information in this regard, but there are many other sources such as the Internet, books and magazines that enable you to broaden your knowledge on the subject. Just be cautious of “doctor” Google, and for popular magazines with wild statements and quick fixes…. For example, if you want to learn more about supplements, feel free to contact us at La Ferm.
- Your SKILLS to apply this knowledge. Skill does not just mean “knowing of”, but “doing it “. And this comes only through practice and repetition in a regular and disciplined way. The new eating habits and exercises must become second nature, then you are on the path to a sustainable new lifestyle.
A final important aspect of behavioral change according to Stephen Covey (author of the best-selling “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”) is the following:
It is easier and more effective to learn a new habit than to try to unlearn the old habit. Instead, focus on the positives of your new exercise and eating program, and have it replace the old habit. Some people concentrate too much on what they should stop doing, instead of focusing on the new behaviors they want to learn.
In the next section we will look at the important role of “thinking and thought processes” in behavior and behavior change, because this is where the process begins: “You are not what you think you are; you are what you think…. ”
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