21 Days- Why Challenging Yourself To Give Up Something For 21 Days Can Help You

By- Tom Kubrak

Something is out of whack in your life. What are you going to do to fix it though. The situation has become drastic and if you don’t fix it then well you may not accomplish the things that you want to.

The Challenge

To simply give something up for 21 days. What should you give up though and why should you do it?

If you have a bad habit or something it’s something that you should do.

For example… If you’re struggling with overeating, partying too much, playing too many video games, spending too much money, going shopping too much, over drinking, etc. it’s something you should consider giving up.


The goal of giving something up for 21 days is about learning how to control yourself and the bad habits that you have developed. It’s about teaching yourself to say no to the many temptations that will arise

First Stage

The First 7 Days or otherwise known as “The Battle Stage” which has you fighting and questioning whether this was a good idea or not.

In this stage you need to remember to remind yourself daily on your commitment because those temptations that arise will make you cave and lose the challenge.

You can also call this the “Daily Reminder Day”

Middle Stage

The middle stage is where it begins to get a little easier you start to get into a grove and maybe get a little cocky. All in all though, your confident and succeeding, having gotten through the first stage you believe your going to easily win this challenge.

Last Stage

The final 7 days or “The Home Stretch War.” This can go one of two ways, since you got through the first 14 days you can breeze through it having almost.

Why it’s called “The Home Stretch War” is because you’re right there, at the finish line, but you need to finish and finish strong. It can easily slip away in those last final days.

I remember when I was in my last race of my Senior year where I missed getting the school record by .13 seconds.

Looking back at it, it was the best time of my track career, but I didn’t finish the way I should have.

Other Challenges

Jeff Boss describes some other challenges that can help jump start you and better you in the long run. Point number 3 stands out to me, “working out within 2 minutes of waking up(insert here)” Check it out here.



Make it easier on yourself ,not harder for these challenges too. Meaning, set up a good structure where you don’t find yourself confronting the thing that you are trying to give up too many times.

Before starting the challenge, tell a few of your closest allies and write down your commitment.

At the end of the day, it will be up to your own will power and intuition.

“I like to challenge myself. I like to learn – So I like to try new things and keep growing.” -David Schwimmer

Visual by- Erik Renninger @ErikRenninger

By- Tom Kubrak

Email- Tomkubrak.writing@gmail.com

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