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Why Streaks Don’t Work

I had a 316-day streak on Duolingo when I gave up.

For 100+ days, I exercised at home and then nothing. And I didn’t write atomic essay 74 until today. I threw a 73-day writing streak straight out the window. 

But why?

I didn’t have a clear why. That’s why.

Why was I learning Portuguese? Because I wanted to. 
Why was I writing every day? Because I wanted to. 
Why was I exercising every day? Because I wanted to. Just kidding. I wanted to look better. But as home exercise didn’t show any results and I missed the comfort of the gym, I gave up too.

Just wanting to do something isn’t enough. Not wanting to break a streak isn’t enough. It’s just a trick you play on yourself.

So stop that “you can miss a day but not two” BS.

Streaks don’t matter unless you know WHY you’re doing it.

So if you want a real habit, you better figure out why you want it. Then ask why again, and again.

Why do I want to write daily? Because I want to become a better writer.
Why do I want to become a better writer? Because I want to earn more money.
Why do I want to earn more money? Because I want to provide for my family and live a comfortable life.
Why do I want to provide for my family? Because I love them.

Now, that’s why you’re going to stick to your habit.

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