A 30-day challenge can be a fun way to challenge yourself, but if you want to create a lasting change, time-fixed challenges are a waste of time.
Breaking habits and creating long-term, sustainable, behavior change is challenging for everyone. In theory, it should be simple. Just do the new thing you want to do. But we all know it’s not that easy. What makes it so complicated? It’s not about the behavior.
One of the most common questions people ask me is: How long does it take to create a new habit? Here’s why this question is not relevant, and what you should focus on instead.
For years, I tried and failed to create a daily blogging practice. I thought it was out of my reach, until it wasn’t. This is how I built a daily blogging ritual.
From civil rights to gender rights, from sexual assault to gun control, to your personal habits, all movements and all lasting change start in the same place.
A short-term challenge can be a great way to start implementing a new behavior. But what happens when the challenge ends? How do you create a sustainable change?