Why Only 6 Changes?

One of the most common questions people ask is, “Why only 6 changes?”

Many people want to make more than 6 changes in their lives, and so limiting to 6 seems … well, limiting. It forces them to make choices.

This is a good thing.

Limiting yourself and forcing yourself to make choices means you must decide what’s most important, and focus all of your energies on the important stuff. (More on this in my book, The Power of Less.)

Six is not a magic number. I simply decided that 6 changes in a year divides neatly — 2 months per habit. And two months is not a magic number either — it happens to divide fairly neatly into (about) 8 weeks, which from my experience is a good amount of time to form a new habit that will stick with you for a long time.

So if you’d like to do 10 habits … well, you can. But I think it would be less effective, if you’re doing those 10 habits in 12 months, because you’re giving yourself less time to adopt each habit.

If you’d like to do 5 habits (or fewer), that’s totally fine. Give yourself longer for each habit. You’ll probably have even better chances of success.

Fewer habits (such as 6) is better than more (such as 10), because you’re able to focus on fewer better, and you give yourself more time to adopt each habit.

Try my method. I think you’ll be happy with the results.