Well, I can tell you that making a habit in 21 days is either a myth or a load of…… That is unless the 21 days are turtle days? LOL – because it is NOT a day in my human timeframe! So why or what habit am I trying to make? You see since returning from the United States in December last year, I have been a tad obsessed with trying to create a gym (bunny) habit for myself. I have been so obessed that the rest of my life has been pushed to the side a little – including posting blogs, editing images, eating and sleeping. WELL, maybe not eating or sleeping LOL but in general it feels as if I have stopped everything else.
I have been going at it for 21 days exactly… nope, no habit has been created! I am still having the same old yelling match with myself just leading up to heading out to the gym. Though, I can report that I am enjoying the gym more, than say, day 1. Day 1, I walked out of the gym looking like a wet, old, buggered bunny. But enough about why I have stopped all other forms of living and why I am trying to create – ‘Mabel the gym bunny’. Let’s talk about why someone got it into their head, that all I had to do to create a habit was to repeat the task for 21 days and BOOM – Mabel transformed – NOT!
I decided that I needed to do a little research on the subject – I let me fingers do the walking and goggled ’21 days habit or myth’. What I found did not surprise me in the least.
This myth, that a habit can be created in a mere 21 days became from a misunderstanding from work by Dr. Maxwell Maltz’s. Populism created this misunderstanding and BOOM – the 21 day habit took on a world of its own. Mainstream populism once again grabbed onto something, flipped it inside out and created something totally incorrect and mostly unattandable – like if you drink 2L of water a day and exercise 30mins 5 days a week you will become fit. Populism changed Maltz’s work to create a belief that if you put all your willpower into repeating a ‘task’ 21 days in a row – you will create a habit. Then placed fear into people that it only take half the time to break a habit. If you looked at this populism created myth from a Marxist view – its no different to ‘the more you work harder – the higher up the ladder you will climb. But that is an all together another discussion; and one for another time. BUT, one that you will have to have with me face to face, as I try to keep the hard stuff off the blog :).
Populism, or the mainstream myths really do have a lot to answer for. Heck, when I think back, I even think that there was some mid 1990’s lame drug reform movie that was based on this very myth – trust Hollywood to reinforce populism bull!
So again, it looks like the mainstream way is not going to work for me – I have NOT been able to create the habit of transforming into a gym addict aka Mabel the gym bunny. It looks like I am going to have to keep yelling at myself everyday, that I am going to have to draw on my shear determination. That I will just have to repeat over the next few MONTHS until my attitude slowly changes. It looks like, yes, I DO have to REPEAT the task of going to the gym every day – over and over and over again… That to create the gym habit, I have to break through the desire to enjoy life, the outdoors, living, eating and sleeping (again I am slightly over playing the no eating and sleeping part). That, for myself and others to truly create a habit, I have to create a subconsious, second nature task of going to the gym to create the habit. ALL OF WHICH takes a heck of a lot longer than a mere 21 days! BUT saying this, if I can pack a suitcase with my eyes closed and load a car like a Tetris pro; then I can create a habit of hitting the gym.
WHY the hell did I decide to attempt creating this habit during the summer :X