There are like a million books with theories as to how long it takes to form a habit. Lots of people believe that it takes 21 days. Others say that 66 days is the point when a habit is formed. Still others say that the number is 254........ you get it, the range is huge.
So, I can make only one conclusion with this information: "It is different for everyone." It may take one person 18 days to form a habit and 6 months for someone else.
What's your number?
Had I not completed my August Challenge I would not be able to answer that question. In the past I have started lots of things that never became a habit. I'm usually good for about 10 days and then things come up, I get busy and forget about my new 'habit'.
But not this time! In August I commit to running at least 1 mile every single day and I was bound and determined to see this challenge through. Lots of pretty amazing things happened for me during this challenge, the biggest being that a habit was formed.
Here is my journal entry:
" Day 26: The COOLEST thing happened today... day 26 and my habit has been formed!! Last night I absolutely could NOT fall asleep. I think the last time that I looked at the clock was 2:45..not good. Since I got minimal sleep I gave myself permission to have a lazy day today. As I was journaling it out this morning I committed to doing laundry while watching movies on the couch... all day. And that is what I did. I got all my laundry done and watched 2 movies and binged social media and that's it. When the movies were finished and all the laundry done I went upstairs and put on my running clothes. I didn't hesitate. I didn't have to plan it. I didn't have to get myself all pumped up for my run. It wasn't lingering over my head all day..... It just happened. And I knew that it was going to happen regardless of my lazy day. I realized today that I am now in the habit of running. I am SO excited!!! "
My number is 26, what's yours?
If you don't know I would highly encourage you to find out. Conduct a little experiment with yourself. Choose an activity that you would like to be a consistent part of your life. Maybe its to journal, maybe its to get 8 hours or sleep, maybe it's exercise.... choose something that you really crave in your life.
Then get after it!
Do this activity Every Single Day... until you don't have to think about it. Until you don't have to plan for it. Until it becomes routine.
Keep track and let me know when you find your number!