You have now read my laborious lead-in to timing and the importance there in. I have three specific examples to share with you. You may know one, be familiar with the second, but I doubt you are aware of the third.
1.) It takes 20 to 30 minutes to be satisfied, i.e. for the brain to catch up with the stomach, to tell us we should stop eating a meal. That’s why it is crucially important to eat slooooow-ly. Set fork down, talk, pick-up fork, pierce food, place in mouth and chew 20 times (I know, who does that? Right?).
2.) It takes one month to make or break a habit. Some bad habits, smoking for example, may take longer. It also takes one month to launch a good habit. I’m thinking diet. Well, I’m always thinking diet. . .
|Exactly. What’s to talk about, particularly on one’s chest?|
3.) An impulse lasts 12 minutes. I think we can all recognize an impulse. It may manifest itself in a bizarre urge to buy a message T-shirt — remember, over 40, unless supporting a team or a charitable one-off event, if we have something to say we say it, but not on our chests.
If confronted with a huge chocolate something-or-other our primal reaction would probably be, “eat it now before someone steals it.”
An impulse is what we do when we don’t know what we’re doing. That’s why we should step back, set the mental stop watch for 12 minutes and see if we can make a considered decision before acting on a desire.
I admit I’ve found 12 minutes can be an eternity. What do you think?
These are lessons from experts, compiled though my interviews. There are lots more.