A good habit takes about 30 days to form.
If that isn’t challenging enough, their benefits might take years to surface. Run, write or meditate for 30 days and you will often have nothing to show for it.
A bad habit only takes about 30 days to form.
If that isn’t scary enough, their repurcussions might take years to surface. Drink beer, smoke a cigarette or check Facebook for 30 days straight. On the 31st day, they only leave behind withdrawal symptoms.
The feedback loop for several habits is often slower than how long it takes to cultivate them. Therefore, it is helpful to trust people who have already reaped their benefits or faced their repurcussions rather than relying on our own experience.
Learning from other people’s experience is the shortcut to cultivating good habits and discarding bad ones.