How long does it take to develop an ‘old habit’? The rule I’ve always heard is 21 days, but in doing a slight bit of research, 21 days is a myth. In some people a habit may form in as little as 18 days, and in others it may take 84 plus. In one of the articles I read, a good average is about 66 days to form a habit. Just a hair over three months.
My habit crumbled in less than 30 days. And my old friend fear showed up as a replacement.
I could write daily of my struggles with fear. It ranges from being a good wife/friend/daughter/sister to the ability to keep up my home, wanting to be a better writer/artist, wanting to have a deeper relationship with God – fear touches every part of who I am and who I want to be.
BUT ultimately, I desire to banish fear from my mind, my heart and my vocabulary. I want to rid my life of the fear I let rule me. I want to learn to keep fear at bay and live a life of freedom.
So in this desire to banish fear from my life:
- I am starting out on the twelve week journey of “The Artist’s Way.” Writing every day, assignments to complete, fieldtrips to take, and a path to connecting with my creativity.
- I have been told there are 365 verses in the Bible which deal with fear. I want to find a few to memorize. Psalm 56:3 – When I am afraid, I will trust in You.
Fear feeds off of the un-known and the un-doing. By putting myself back onto a path of knowledge and action; maybe just maybe, I’ll learn to put fear in its place and become more of who I was created to be.