Research shows that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit.
Though I don’t agree that it always takes 21 days to make or break a habit, today was my 21st day at Hyperfit Crossfit gym. (Note: I did go to another Crossfit gym twice when traveling, so technically I have made 23 Crossfit workouts).
Did session 21 feel any different than session 20? Not really.
Did session 21 feel any different than session 2? Definitely. I feel stronger. I am stronger. It’s measurable. I got a PR (personal record) in the dead lift & over head squat this week. On my 10th session I beat the time from my 1st session by over one minute.
Just because I have been to Hyperfit 21 times I do not feel like I magically have a new habit because I went 21 times. After the first session I was all in – I knew I’d be there multiple times a week. I didn’t feel like day 21 made me feel anymore committed. I was just as committed after day 1.
Not all habits “click” & take less than 21 days to form, but for the ones that do, perhaps that habit is more than a habit…it could be related to an interest or passion. I do believe that habits are fundamental in creating change. It doesn’t necessarily need to take 21 days in order to form that habit though. Depends on you & depends on the habit. So is 21 really that magic of a number?
mel, the venture gal