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Feb 08, 2019 18:44:17

Is daily writing a habit yet?

by @brandonwilson PATRON | 204 words | 195🔥 | 195💌

Brandon Wilson

Current day streak: 195🔥
Total posts: 195💌
Total words: 61692 (246 pages 📄)

According to Dr. Caroline Leaf, it takes around twenty-one days to rewire neural pathways to begin building a new way of thinking, and another forty-two days to establish a new habit based on the chemical changes that occur in the brain. This adds up to a total of 63 days for a fully-formed new habit.

When I first discovered 200WAD, I started writing with the idea that I want to at least make it to 63 days. I have now surpassed that target. The question is now what? Is this now a habit? It certainly feels like one. 

I am in uncharted territory now because I have not consistently written for this many days in a row in my life. It has been part diary, part journal, and part forum to share what I'm thinking about. 

I also read quite a few posts here as well. It is a great community with lots of good sharing. 

Engaging my brain everyday in personal writing has started to generate ideas. I feel like I have been sharpening my tools. I don't want them to get dull again.

The next stop is 100. It's a nice round number. After that the sky is the limit. 

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    <<it takes around twenty-one days to rewire neural pathways to begin building a new way of thinking, and another forty-two days to establish a new habit based on the chemical changes that occur in the brain. This adds up to a total of 63 days for a fully-formed new habit>>
    Thank you for this info @brandonwilson !!!
    ooops... so we @philh @brianball still need quite a few (dozens) days of zazen to form the "zazen brain", don't we?

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Apr 18, 2019 11:59:44
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      @brandonwilson @lucjah - uhm.. 63 to be precise ;-)

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Apr 18, 2019 07:29:10
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      @brandonwilson @lucjah yeah, never been able to reach a 21 days streak in that matter. Note that weekend should be a stopper then. It's hard.

      PhilH avatar PhilH | Apr 18, 2019 16:36:51
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      @philh so you were counting? woow?
      when you go to the retreat you get a 28 day streak without even thinking about it, thats powerful, yet, it doesnt get you to 42, nor 63, that you need to walk by yourself and... its hard to keep on

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Apr 18, 2019 16:58:33
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    @brandonwilson and after 100 milestone will be 200 - 200 days of 200 words a day! Nice ring to it, isn't it?

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Feb 09, 2019 15:07:53
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      @jasonleow I like the way you think!

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Feb 09, 2019 09:44:56
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      @brandonwilson And who, on the 1st of April, was writing (in a bloody romantic way) about how one day the attachment to the Streak faaaadeeees away... ? And here talking about 200 are we... Hmmm, @jasonleow ? (Today you are just 68 posts away from 200. It doesn;t seem so many now, does it?)

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Apr 18, 2019 11:57:28
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      @brandonwilson @lucjah wow you revived an old thread. The April 1st post was of course a joke. Of course I'll keep going till 200. But I did set an intention to do a personal review at 200, if writing everyday is still something that's helping me. In any case, even if we kept going to 200 or 2000, one day, some day, we will stop. That's a sad but real truth.

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Apr 18, 2019 21:46:12
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      @jasonleow @lucjah I thought about making the threshold for #Teamstreak 63 based on the research. But I thought that was too high a bar for people to climb, asking them to already have the habit established rather than have #Teamstreak help them establish the habit so I settled on 30.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 18, 2019 07:36:20
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      @brandonwilson @jasonleow 30 seems a good number! :-) I though about exactly 30 long streak when we were writing about the Circles, as we had an idea for creating Private Circles" and I put 30 as a threshold enabling this option, as it was supposed to be for the consistent ones :-D

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Apr 18, 2019 16:56:44
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    @brandonwilson Damn, two months! :) Congrats Brandon

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Feb 09, 2019 13:44:28
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      @basilesamel Thank you sir! And thank you for giving us the tool to make it possible.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Feb 09, 2019 09:45:14
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    @brandonwilson - congratulations Brandon. 100 is definitely doable.
    We are creating a nice tribe here with these daily posts and goals we share.

    Keep writing and see you @100.

    Keni avatar Keni | Feb 08, 2019 22:19:27
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      @keni Thank you I appreciate it!

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Feb 09, 2019 09:45:32
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      @brandonwilson @keni we are so there, right... :-)))

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Apr 18, 2019 11:52:32
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      @brandonwilson @lucjah 😊😂😊 done and done!!

      Keni avatar Keni | Apr 18, 2019 06:32:04
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