In August, my wife and I started a gallon challenge. As it sounds, we committed to drinking a gallon of water each day, for 7 days. We were already drinking a good amount of water each day, but decided to bump it up.
After the 7 days and seeing that it wasn't so bad, we decided to do it for 30 days. Now almost 3 months later, we are still chugging our gallon of water each day.
I credit my wife for the idea. Now it's become a habit for us. It's weird if we don't finish a gallon of water by the end of the day.
How it became easy though was a couple of factors.
Those factors being support and accountability. We have each other's back through this. If one of us was slipping on our water intake, we'd encourage the other to get back on track. We make sure that by the end of the night, we both finish up our gallon.
Now that the 7 days have almost turned into 90 days, we have established a habit. We are disciplined now to drink a gallon each day. When a habit is formed, it is hard to break without establishing a new pattern to change that. Our body, our mind, now expects to finish up a gallon.
This example here is how we should approach anything we do. When we are starting anything new, it's important not to go at it alone. First and foremost, we have God on our side to lead us through a new path, a new habit that we are trying to establish.
Then we have to ensure we have the support of others. Others who we trust that will hold us accountable so that we don't fall off track and that we stay committed to that goal.
Research shows that it takes an average of 66 days to establish a new habit, to make it stick. That's where my wife and I are with our water gallon challenge. It has now become a water gallon habit.
If trying to establish a goal or a habit seems daunting, it doesn't have to be. Take it one day at a time and have those around you support your efforts. Our challenge has now spread to other family and friends that have joined in.
There is power in support and making a positive habit change.
You can do it to!
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