For nearly 60 years now, the myth that it takes 21 days to form a new habit has prevailed, even though science says otherwise. In 2009, Philippa Lally and a team of researchers from the University College of London set out to study how long it actually takes to make a new habit automatic.

3 Key Points:
1. It takes, on average, 66 days to make a new habit automatic, with a range between 18 and 254 days > building habits is highly individual and depends on the type of habit you are trying to form.

2. Failing to perform the habit once in a while does not affect your chances of building a new habit, as long as you get right back on track.

3. Building habits is a marathon, not a sprint. You need to start so ridiculously small that following through is easy in the beginning. Once you have established the new habit, you can focus on making it harder.

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