There is no doubt that habits are formed through repetition. The constant cycle of cue, routine, and reward create neurological pathways in our brains.
Most studies show that creating habits takes at least 60 days with some able to form habits in as little as 21 days.
But how can you really help get the most out of training your brain to be a good boy or girl? Mind full vs mindfulness is the best way to create good habits that stick. Simply being present and in the moment when you are faced with a decision can ultimately break bad habits and form new pathways to good ones.
When faced with a stimulus, like wanting to eat another handful of Cheez-Its, there is a space between that stimulus of wanting to eat that handful and your brain's response to actually going for it. Within that space you have the power to choose... but only if you are conscious and in the moment.
Mindfulness, or being conscious in the moment, will allow you to choose which path to travel. If you have a goal to lose weight eating another handful of Cheez-Its would not be beneficial to reaching that goal. But if you are being mindful you can change your habit of always going for that unnecessary grab at a snack.
Practice makes perfect as will power is a muscle. The key to forming any good habit is to constantly choose the option that's best for you so that sooner or later that response becomes automatic. Your brain will no longer need to think about whether or not to do something it just will.
The below video is one of my all time favorites and has some GREAT habits you should form in your life!