What’s the Deal With 30-Day Challenges?

I recently started a 30-day blogging challenge and I’m really excited about it. This is technically my Day Two post. For me, these challenges are fantastic jump-starters for people who really, truly want to start something new. I’m a challenge junkie. I really am. I’ve probably done about six 30-day challenges in the past year.

I’ve looked at all types of challenges. I’ve tried making green smoothies for breakfast every day for 30 days. (If you value your intestines, I do NOT recommend this one.) I’ve done art/drawing challenges, those goofy Instagram challenges (Day One: favorite food; Day Two: dream travel destination; etc.), and I’m sure we’ve all considered one of many fitness challenges. I actually stuck with the squat challenge all the way through. The list goes on and on. Like I said, I’m a junkie for these things. Now, how many have I actually finished? We won’t talk about that.

The myth (yes, myth) is that it takes 21 days to form a habit. My personal belief is that this is the base of the whole challenge trend. The extra nine days just rounds it to a month and makes it a nice, clean number. The reality is: it’s all up to the person. If you have the willpower to stick with something for 30 days, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll keep it up after the fact. If you caught yourself skipping days, telling yourself you’d “make it up later,” then you might need to try your hand at something else.

In any case, I’m really looking forward to seeing where this takes me. Fingers crossed that I don’t run out of topic ideas. If you have any suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comment section.


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