The 21-90 Rule: How to turn habits into lifestyle

Alright, this time you’re for real. You’re going to get serious about drinking a gallon of water a day or about living an active lifestyle. You’re going to focus on your finances and boost your credit score. How many times have you had these sorts of conversations with yourself and fallen short? Be honest. I’d venture to say that you’ve fallen short a few times … we all have.

When it comes to creating the lifestyles we love, we fall short for two reasons:

Mentality + Mindset

We’re not ready, mentally, to commit to the habits it takes to make it happen. We want to reap the benefits but aren’t willing to put in the work.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle


We cut ourselves slack when it’s grind time. We tell ourselves that we’ll do better tomorrow or the next day not realizing that just yesterday we were saying “Tomorrow.” And the cycle continues … (Shouts out to Nike for that Gem).
Knowing how to create or modify your habits is useless if you aren’t prepared mentally or you’re not ready to hold yourself accountable. When I see a need for growth or change in my life I check myself at the door with these 4 #CheatCodez.

1. Eliminate excessive decision making.
To do this, you have to understand the habit loop. Your current routine is triggered by a cue. That cue could be emotional or conditioning or otherwise. But once you understand what is triggering the routine you are trying to adjust, you’ll be able to make that adjustment and the reward will be more fulfilling because you’ll know you earned it or you held yourself accountable.


2. Start with a small habit.
Make micro quotas + macro goals. That’s the #key to a lifestyle change. It won’t happen overnight. Celebrate the small victories. Those will be integral to the confidence you’ll need for tackling the bigger tasks.

3. Refer to the 21/90 rule.
It takes 21 days to build or break a habit + 90 days to create a lifestyle. If you want to make fitness a cornerstone to your life, understand that it won’t feel like second nature to you until about the 90-day mark.
It takes 21 days to build or break a habit + 90 days to create a lifestyle.

4. Don’t burn yourself out.
Slow and steady wins the race. Be patient with yourself. Don’t come out the gate, guns a’ blazing’ if you know that’s not a sustainable pace. Set yourself up for success.

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