Posted by: Generación Latina | January 6, 2012

Goodbye resolutions. Hello new habits.

by Karen Vanegas

You’ve heard it once, twice; a million times: New Year, new you. But, how do we follow through?

Simple. By giving our goals an opportunity, for 21 days. Whether you want to shed a few pounds, get your GPA up, or everything else in between.

This past year we came across some excellent tips to get serious about achieving goals. But we won’t call them goals or resolutions. In 2012 we are going to build new habits!

First, check out what Matt Cutts has to say about this and how he did it. It was our first point of inspiration:

And now a brief commercial in 3 words: TED VIDEOS ROCK! ….Now back to Generacion Latina…

But we disagree with Matt.

What?! Yes, you heard it right. We disagree and think that 21 (not 30 days) is the magic number.

Why 21 days?

Look it up! It takes 21 days to build a habit.

Thanks to this other great blog, we’ll show you why:

–> It is manageable

–> No commitment required

–> Highly effective in getting good habits in place

–> Great way to try new things


Be realistic. You’re not going to lose weight by sitting on the couch all afternoon; you’re not going to get your GPA up to a 4.0 overnight. Start small. Maybe it’s: stop biting your nails or read and meditate for 15 minutes a day or shower in half the time and waste less water in 21 days.

Start now; give yourself something to look forward to. Attract whatever you can this month for an unforgettable year, make this YOUR year. You can do whatever you set your mind to; all you have to do is make an attempt.

It won’t be easy, but it certainly won’t be impossible… Break a habit, make a change. Improve your lifestyle. You won’t regret it, that’s a promise!


  1. Great entry (and I love that video!).

    If I could, I’d add just a couple more bits of advice. At our site we’ve had the opportunity to follow along as people attempt to change themselves. Sometimes they succeed, sometimes they disappear quietly and are never heard from again. In the hundreds of missions I’ve gotten to live vicariously through, I’ve noticed that the following 4 elements are always present in the successful missions:

    Loopchange Habit Swap:
    S – Specific – specific goals have a greater chance for success than vague goals
    W – Write it down – it helps keep it front and center in your head and there is an almost ceremonial aspect of it
    A – accountability, encouragement and support are vital (and this is one of the things that loopchange helps with so much)
    P – Patience is the single most important thing. Make good decisions, repeat the behavior and be patient. Change doesn’t always occur in 21 days, but you can definitely build up some momentum in 21 days.

    Sorry for the long comment!

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