You’re in the home stretch now, which means it’s time to recognize that all of the strides you’ve made can help shape your future. What goals and dreams are you going to tackle after these 66 days are up? Grab your journal and get to work on these final three tasks—exercises that’ll help you see that there are no limits to all you can accomplish.
Day 64: Make a list of your new “keystone habits.”
Write down three of your new, healthy habits. Perhaps you were someone who never exercised regularly, and now you’ve committed to a regular yoga practice; or maybe you always glommed onto the latest diet fad and for the last two months, you’ve been eating mindfully. “Keystone habits tend to change our self-image—and set off a chain reaction that spark other good habits,” says Duhigg. So right now, name the keystone habits that you’ve developed and that will cascade into other healthy behaviors throughout your life.
Day 65: Figure out the self-affirmations that fire you up.
A 2013 study published in the journal PLOS ONE found that self-affirmation—the process of identifying and focusing on our most important values—can boost problem-solving skills. To help you stay on track despite any future obstacles, take a moment to land on the affirmations that resonate most with you—and repeat them regularly. Here are a few to try:
“I am rooted and powerful.”
“I have so much love in my life.”
“I have energy to serve others.”
Day 66: Visualize the next “new” you.
Repeat the visualization you did on Day 27. This time, create an image of the “you” that you’re aiming for now. Your vision may have changed, but what won’t have changed is your confidence about getting there. “Once you understand that habits can change, you have the freedom to remake them,” says Duhigg. “When you rebuild your own habits, the power becomes easier to grasp, and your only option is to continue to get to work.”
Go back to the previous weeks:
- Week 1: Build a Foundation
- Week 2: Do a Digestion Assessment
- Week 3: Replace Old Vices with New Routines
- Week 4: Manage Obstacles
- Week 5: Have More Fun with Your Food
- Week 6: Notice (and Celebrate!) Changes
- Week 7: Reinforce Mindful Eating
- Week 8: Deal with Your Emotional Crud
- Week 9: Set Yourself up for Continued Success
- Week 10: Dream Big