Or that you can create a new positive habit in as little as 21 days that can last a lifetime?
I have always loved that scientific statistic and it is a great exercise to use when learning how to apply the Law of Attraction.
The great part about it is there are so many different things you can use it for.
The first thing to do is to draw or print out a calendar for the month. I found a free one you can use here. I like this particular site because you can also add a personal picture on top that will help inspire you and you do not have to sign up for anything to use the program.
Or if you do not have a printer available you can simply draw up a calendar yourself.
Now decide what is it you want to change or accomplish.
I suggest starting with one thing at a time until the old habit is broken before starting a new one so you do not feel overwhelmed, but if you can handle more than one -- go for it! Just make sure you print up a separate calendar for each idea.
So what is the new habit you would like to create? Do you want to start meditating, taking your vitamins, exercising, eating healthier? Do you want to start getting better organized? Start staying on top of your mail, on top of your house cleaning, on top of things at work, on top of your money more?
Whatever new habit you would like to create MUST be done for 21 days in a row. Remember, if you miss a day you have to start over from the beginning. But having the calendar in front of you is what makes it more fun and gives you a feeling of accomplishment.
For everyday you accomplish your task you mark off the date with a big X. If at anytime you feel like slacking off, repeat to yourself "Don’t Break The Chain!"…"Don’t Break The Chain!" Look at your calendar at all those pretty X's in a row. You don't want to stop now!
You want to see at least 21 of those x's in a row. After 21 days your new behavior has now become a new habit and marking off the x's after that will be just plain fun.
Now what if you want to use it to change an old negative belief?
Use an affirmation! At least 5 times a day for 21 days in a row. Again mark off each day with an "X" when you have done it. Say the affirmation when you first wake up, mid-morning, lunch time, mid-afternoon and before you go to bed. (The time of day doesn't really matter and if you choose to say it even more often than 5 - even better! As long as you do it.)
Here are some examples of affirmations you can use:
If you are feeling negative about money: "Money comes to me effortlessly and easily every day and in every way" or "I am entitled to always have more than enough money simply because IAM"
If you are feeling anxious: "At the core of my being I am always peaceful and calm"
If you are have not been feeling 100% physically: "I am perfect physical health and have never felt better in my life!"
If you want to feel really good overall try this one: "Every day and in every way I am getting better and better" (This one works really great by the way! It covers everything from health, to work, to exercise, to relationships, to creating new habits. With those simple words you are covering the spectrum!)
Of coarse there are tons of other affirmations you can find on the internet if those don't feel right to you.
Make sure you keep your calendar somewhere that you can see it. On your refrigerator, bulletin board at work, or even your bedroom wall so you see it every night and every morning.
So give this simple exercise a try! We all know how fast 21 days goes, especially if you are trying to break a bad habit or get rid of a negative thought you have had for years! 21 days is merely a drop in the bucket.