Today the Internet provides millions of people with access to education. Access to knowledge is no longer a competitive advantage in today’s economy. Information is abundant. But sometimes it’s somehow back-breaking or we are busy to learn something cause the most difficult part of learning something new is accepting that you need to learn. It’s difficult to acknowledge shortcomings. Instead of viewing not knowing the answer as a shortcoming, view it as an opportunity. The smaller your ego, the more room you have to learn. So here we are and let’s talk about how we can form a habit and learn new skills day by day specifically in a minimum of 21 days.
Well, Let’s start from a question – Is there such a thing as 21 day habit? Does it really only take 21 days to form a new habit? Yes, there is and it takes about 21 days to form a new habit.
Acquiring a new habit, to be sure, is not a walk in the park. Most people struggle with forming and keeping new habits. That’s why you have to recognize that forming a new habit is no easy undertaking. It won’t get formed on its own. And for that reason, you have to decide why and how important is that habit or skill to you.
Ask yourself this:
- What difference is it going to make to your day?
- How will that habit or skill help you achieve your goals?
- How will that habit or skill impact your relationships?
Once you’ve answered these questions, you have to formulate your answers in an emotionally captivating language. By articulating them in an emotionally charged way, you are creating a new “narrative” of who you are. You are giving life to your new habit.
If your target habit is too big; like to write 2000 words daily without the proper training, then it might take you a long time to turn this into an automatic thing. That’s why you need to break your habits into mini-habits. These are small achievable activities that are easy to do on a daily basis. For example, require yourself to write every day instead of trying to reach a certain word count. The mini-habit of writing every day (even if you wrote 50–100 words) is a key stepping stone towards realizing the goal of writing 2000 words a day. Notice that after you’re comfortable with the habit of writing 50–100 words a day, you can now ask of yourself to commit to writing 150–200 words a day and so on and so forth until you reach your target goal.
As you start to gain some initial proficiency, you may think you have it all figured out. It’s critical to be aware of unknown-unknowns — things that you don’t know you don’t know. As Richard Feynman, a theoretical physicist known for his work in formulating of quantum mechanics and physics, said, “I’m smart enough to know that I’m dumb.”
The more you learn the more you realize how much left you have to learn. And when you simply realize that your former self — who thought you knew everything — didn’t actually know anything. When that thought crosses your mind, you can say that you have learned something.
On 21 day and after your habit should become part of your daily routine. Your focus from here on should be on the long term benefits of keeping this habit part of your daily routine and what further progress you can make if you continue this habit. So after this you can say that you master new skill/habit.
To sum up I can say, that as you are building your life, you have got to adapt and learn new skills and form new habits. Here is one of my favorite videos about it, so If you want to know more about it you can find interesting information in it – https://www.goalcast.com/2018/09/05/21-day-habit-myth/.