I’ve talked before about starting something new, be it a hobby, workout routine, habit, artistic project, etc. And we all know how it goes: in the beginning we’re super excited, and have the energy for everything our minds can come up with. Week two, still going strong, but momentum gradually starts to slow down. Come week three or four, you end up questioning every reason that made you start this new thing and you just want to stop and give up.
It’s hard to find motivation, I know. I struggle everyday. I love seeing progress in the goals I’ve set for myself, yet I also love being lazy. And that’s OK. We all need to take a break from time to time to recharge. Now, armed with full batteries, we must get back on track.
How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I’m committed to? – Anthony Robbins
There’s a reason I’ve mentioned that apocalyptic timeline in the beginning. Every time we start something new, in essence we start a new habit. A habit of doing or not doing something. Taking pictures, quit smoking, going to the gym, writing; all conscious decisions that need repetition in order to achieve an end result.
There has been an ongoing debate about how much time it takes to develop a new habit. While researchers predict anything from 2 weeks to 10 months, most tend to agree with Maxwell Maltz, who in his book Psycho-Cybernetics, published in 1989, said that “it takes at least 21 days to see a noticeable change in behavior”. Notice the words at least and change, not a completely new behavior by that time. It’s a good explanation why, when by the end of the second week we don’t see results, we start to lose motivation. If, however, we keep going, it gets easier and easier to settle in the routine, and results start unfolding.
Which is why my challenge to you this week is: don’t to give up. Anything you plan on starting or have started already, keep doing it. There are a lot of reasons why you started. Write them down and every time you doubt yourself, read them.
Have I thought about quitting this blogging business? Yep.
Instead, here I am, writing a post to encourage all of us to not give up. So let’s keep going.
Have a eudemonic week!