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As I’ve been reading a number of ‘best-selling’ approaches to personal development in the past few weeks, it’s struck me that they miss something fundamental. They make no reference to the importance of learning to silence our Inner Critic...

Most self-help books will tell you that it takes 21 days to change a habit. This factoid is based on a 1960s study of amputees by plastic surgeon Maxwell Maltz, who reasoned that because it took only 21 days for amputees to adjust to the loss of a limb, other life-changes should only take as long… This looks like a very shaky assumption to me!