Habit myth #3: Habits take 21 days to make or break

Sometimes I think that the two most meaningless words in the English language are “Studies show….” Don’t get me wrong—I think research into how the brain transforms actions into habit is fascinating and important. But not everyone who’s interested in habit formation wants read the actual studies—including, it would seem, many of the people who

Habit Myth #1: Habits kill spontaneity

There’s a scene in the classic movie “The Princess Bride” where the swordsman Inigo Montoya (“Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”) turns to the self-described genius Vizzini, who has shrieked “Inconceivable!” for perhaps the tenth time, and observes, “You keep using that word. I do not think it