Some articles posted online would point out that it takes approximately 21 days to form a habit.
In order to set this up properly, it is only but appropriate to first define what a HABIT is. According to Merriam Webster, it is defined as a settled tendency or usual manner of behaviour
A habit to eat right, a habit to rise early, a habit to simply be on time… can be cultivated in approximately 21 days.
21 days seem to be such an exact and definite number. And as a person who leans more into something more concrete, the whole “21 days” appealed greatly to me.
On the down side, this 21 day plan is not backed up by scientific study and is often a hot topic for debate among many psychologist alike.
However long this debate would be is still quite uncertain. Yet I wanted to see this in another perspective.
To me, it takes 21 days to form a habit. Whether it is a good or a bad one, either way, it still takes 21 days to form it.
So why am I hung up on this habit thing?
For the past few months, I became fixated on the idea that I must do something on repeat for at least 21 days in order for that something to be instilled in me.
Call it a motivation or a silly obsession. But believe it or not, it greatly aided me in order to achieve my set goals for the year.
So here was my check list:
1. Study on a tight schedule which starts at 7am lasting until 12 midnight for 21 days.
2. Engage in light- moderate exercise for at least 15 minutes a day for 21 days.
3. Drink milk tea everyday and get the staff to remember my name in 21 days.
SO what did I get out of this crazy 21 day plan?
Did I succeed?
Or did I falter once again?
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, did I build enough anticipation in everyone tuned in?
1. They definitely now know my name at my favourite milk tea place.
2. Finally achieved a fitter and toner body.
And most especially …
3. A license to practice medicine.
A license to heal.
A license to become a doctor.
To put it simply, childhood dream come true.
I definitely admit, it wasn’t the easiest thing I’ve done.
- Driving back and forth just to get my daily fix of milk tea.
- Exercising was a lot of work. But it got me up and running.
- Studying on a 7am-12 mn schedule was probably the toughest of them all. It took a lot of self discipline in order to remain glued onto my chair with my eyes and heart deep into the books.
But looking back at the whole journey in its totality made me realise that… IT WAS DEFINITELY WORTH IT.
So what now…
I’ve checked off another great milestone out of my TO DO LIST BEFORE I DIE.
Does this 21 day journey end here?
I think not…
SO I’ve decided challenge this set track once more.
21 days to make an impact.
21 days to touch someone’s heart.
21 days to make someone miss me…
Is it it realistic? Is it insane? Is it worth it?
What do you want to challenge in the upcoming 21 days with me?